The meeting between India’s Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and Jadhav lasted for an hour
ISLAMABAD FOR the first time since Kulbhushan Jadhav’s detention in 2016, a top Indian diplomat met him on Monday for two hours after Pakistan granted consular access to the Indian death-row convict in line with the “Vienna Convention and the ICJ verdict.” India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia met the retired Indian Navy officer, amid tensions between the two countries over Kashmir. “Consular access was provided at 1200 hours and lasted for two hours, in the presence of officials of the Government of Pakistan,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
On India’s request, there was no restriction on the language of communication, the FO said, adding that the “access was recorded”. “As a responsible member of the international community and in line with our international commitments, Pakistan has provided un-impeded, uninterrupted consular access to India to Commander Jadhav,” it said.
The statement did not disclose the venue of meeting. However, the Pakistani media reported that the meeting took place at a sub-jail here. Before meeting Jadhav, the senior Indian diplomat met Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal at the foreign ministry. Jadhav, 49, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017, following which India had moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ), seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies.
On August 1, the Foreign Office said the retired Indian Navy officer will be granted consular access the next day. However, the meeting, which was scheduled for 3 pm on August 2, did not materialise amid differences between India and Pakistan on the terms of the consular access to Jadhav. India had demanded “immediate, effective and unhindered” consular access to Jadhav from Pakistan and was in touch with Islamabad through diplomatic channels..
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