Pakistan offers consular access to Indian death row prisoner

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/8/2 9:01:32

Pakistan said on Thursday that consular access will be granted to an Indian national, who has been awarded death sentence over espionage and terrorism charges.

A military court in Pakistan had handed down death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who Pakistan says was a serving Indian naval commander, in 2017 for spying and terrorism in Balochistan province of Pakistan, which was later confirmed by Pakistani Army chief General Qamar Bajwa.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) last asked Pakistan to review its decision and also grant consular access to Jadhav.

"We have offered the Indian High Commission to avail consular access on this Friday. The reply from the Indian side is awaited," Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said while replying to a question during his weekly briefing.

Indian media Thursday quoted Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying New Delhi is evaluating Pakistan's offer of consular access to Jadhav in the accordance with the verdict by the ICJ.

Pakistan said earlier that pursuant to the decision of the ICJ, Jadhav has been informed of his rights under the relevant provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

"As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for which modalities are being worked out," Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said days after the ICJ's decision.

Pakistan's military had stated earlier that Jadhav, who was living as Hussein Mubarak Patel, was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a "Counter Intelligence Operation" from Balochistan's Mashkel area.

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