No consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pak tells ICJ

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No consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pak tells ICJ

Pakistan in its reply filed to International Court of Justice dismissed India's stance on former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying.

Talking to a private media outlet, Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali had said, "I think the case will be taken up for hearing around April, May after the recently elected judges of the ICJ has taken their oath on February 6". The worldwide court will now decide whether to take the case forward for hearing or ask the parties (India and Pakistan) to submit more documents.

The ICJ had ordered an interim stay on Jadhav's death sentence this May and asked India to make its submission by September 13 and Pakistan to make its submission by December 13.

His video confession was released by Pakistan in which he stated that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities aimed at destabilising and waging war against Pakistan.

India continues to maintain that Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Naval officer, was abducted from Iran in March, 2016 by Pak forces who have made it look like he was arrested from Balochistan's Mashkel area near the border region of Chaman.

Pakistan which has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav agreed to let him meet his wife on "humanitarian grounds".

The counter-memorial stated that Jadhav, 46, is a RAW operative involved in espionage and subversive activities and supporting terrorists to conduct attacks in the restive Balochistan province. Pakistani officials said that there were still two forums of appeal left for Jadhav even if the Army Chief refuses his mercy appeal.

Submitting counter memorial in the ICJ, Pakistan said that since India did not deny Jhadav was travelling with an assumed Muslim name, they have no case to plead.

Earlier this year, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi handed over a dossier to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres detailing evidence of Indian subversive activities within Pakistani territory. An Indian envoy would be allowed to accompany the visitors in Islamabad. Pakistan, in the dossier, urged the United Nations to prevent India from attempting to destabilise it. Pakistan's foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said a staff member from the Indian high commission will also be present during the meeting.

However, Jadhav is not the first RAW operative caught snooping in Pakistan.

Pakistan stuck to its version that Jadhav was on active duty as a spy and sent by India on a "special mission".

She added that Pakistan has assured the Indian government of the safety, security and freedom of movement of Jadhav's family.

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