Kulbhushan Jadhav case: At ICJ, Pakistan rejects plea for consular access

Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its "spy".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 14, 2017 7:29 am
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Rejecting India’s plea for consular access to death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its “spy”. Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested in Pakistan on espionage charges.

In its counter-memorial submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan said the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies, the Express Tribune reported. In its defense, Pakistan also said that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was traveling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name,” the report added.

“Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered,” said the counter-memorial submitted by Pakistan, according to the paper.

While Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested by security forces from Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran, the Indian side maintains he was kidnapped from Iran where he developed business after retiring from the Navy.

Claiming that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he entered the country with the intent of spying, Pakistan in its reply to ICJ said, “Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states.”

Citing its sources, the Express Tribune report also suggests that Pakistan will argue that sending Jadhav for espionage, funding terrorist activities are some of the reasons that dis-entitle India from invoking the jurisdiction of the ICJ.

The world court which had halted Jadhav’s execution earlier this year will now have to decide whether to take the case forward for hearing or ask both India and Pakistan to submit more documents.

Pakistan which has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav agreed to let him meet his wife on “humanitarian grounds.” Jadhav’s mother and wife will be traveling to Pakistan on December 25 to meet him. An Indian envoy would be allowed to accompany the visitors in Islamabad.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. Jaideep Pandey
    Dec 14, 2017 at 10:30 am
    India should send a sharp person, with ability nearly equal to Shri Ajit Doval as the Indian envoy, as he can get all details from Kulbhushan which are required, (if he was a spy,) or details to save him from the death sentence, Hope this discussion will be in a bug free environment and no Pakistani will be present during the meeting
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      1. Humayun Sheikh
        Dec 14, 2017 at 3:53 am
        It is mentioned that first time in spy history, an active serving Naval Officer is caught red handed with A Fake Identification and under International Law his/her home country doesn't have any ground to defend that Criminal Terrorist, i.e., Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has done Extreme Terrorist Activities in Pakistan. Still, it is Pakistan's compassion that this Criminal Terrorist's Wife Mother are being allowed to visit him. Had Indian Criminal Terrorist Government caught any Pakistani Officer, only with 5 terrorist activities in India, then Indian Chankia Government would have put that officer in cage and showed him all over the world. But, currently, Disgraced Corrupt Nawaz Sharif, through his Crony PM Abbasi Other Pakistani Corrupt Ruling Elite (Nawaz, Zardari, Altaf Their Cronies) who are India PAK Enemies' Agents: instead of Punishing Indian Criminal Terrorist, are shamefully treating him as Their Son-In-Law.
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        1. Hari Haran
          Dec 13, 2017 at 9:12 pm
          While India's statement on Kulbhushan rejects that he is an Indian spy , in this basis international court ban his assassination unconditionally. Then why a trauma is made on his issue. There are so many Pakistan spies wandering here who always be in petty case and go out of jail have no hanging yet. Whose mistake is this.? Why India be so pity to Pakistani terrorists ?
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          1. Gopal Sriniwasan
            Dec 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm
            The Pakistani case at ICJ on the subject will fall flat in the preliminary hearing itself.Assuming a spy has been caught and if the Country of Origin is willing to own up the responsibility it becomes incumbent upon Pakistan to allow consular access. By denying access, Pakistan is proving itself to be a terroristan and should Pakistan unilaterally go ahead with any adverse action,Pakistan knows well that the Mody government will come down so heavily, that Pakistan will be left to biting its fingernails
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            1. Ryan:Hindu Terrorist Buster Ryan
              Dec 14, 2017 at 3:50 am
              LOLZ, does the mass murderer feku chaddi pig of cowpee drinking,,cowdung eating,, stone worshipping,, Lingam (Prick) worshipping hindu terrorist cowdungistan have the guts to take on nuclear Pakistan? He knows his chaddi would be vaporised.Hindu cowards don't have the guts to fight Pakistan. Pakistan is itching to nuke cowdungistan.
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