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Pakistan decides to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav as per its law

Pakistan’s move can be viewed as a peace missive to India following its increasing isolation in the international community.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jul 19, 2019, 10.42 AM IST
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Day after ICJ verdict, Pakistan decides to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav as per its law
Day after ICJ verdict, Pakistan decides to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav as per its law
Pakistan in the early hours of Friday decided to grant consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav hours after Indian Foreign Minister S Jaiashankar sought same following ICJ verdict in what could be viewed as a major diplomatic victory for the Modi government.

“Pursuant to the decision of the ICJ, Commander Kulbushan Jadhav has been informed of his rights under Article 36, Paragraph 1(b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for which modalities are being worked out,” Pakistan Foreign Ministry announced in a statement.

Pakistan’s move can be viewed as a peace missive to India following its increasing isolation in the international community and a significant step ahead of Imran Khan’s USA visit next week.

A day after the International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan to review the death penalty awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav and grant him consular access, India Thursday asked Islamabad to release the former navy officer forthwith and vowed to vigorously continue efforts to bring him back.

Making a statement in both houses of Parliament on the judgement by the ICJ, foreign minister S Jaishankar said: “Pakistan was found to have deprived India of the right to communicate with Jadhav, have access to him, visit him in detention and arrange his legal representation.”

Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him, Jaishankar said. “His forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality," he said, adding: “We once again call upon Pakistan to release and repatriate him forthwith.”

The ICJ on Wednesday directed Pakistan to suspend the death sentence given in 2017 to Jadhav on charges of espionage and sabotage. "Yesterday's judgement is not only a vindication for India and Jadhav, but for all those who believe in the rule of law and the sanctity of international treaties," the minister said.

The ICJ unanimously found that it had jurisdiction on the matter and it pronounced on the other key aspects of the case by a vote of 15-1.

The ICJ pronounced that Pakistan had breached obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
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