Pakistan again denies consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, says not civilian

"The Indian attempt to equate Commander Jadhav's case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic," Pakistan's Foreign Office said

By: Express Web Desk | Islamabad | Published:July 2, 2017 8:58 pm
kulbhushan jadhav, Pakistan, ICJ, Jadhav death sentence Kulbhushan Jadhav (File Photo)

Maintaining its old stand, Pakistan has again rejected India’s demand for consular access to former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying it would be a “travesty of logic” to link his case with Indian civilian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails. “The Indian attempt to equate Commander Jadhav’s case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement released on Sunday.

India had on Saturday sought consular access to the 46-year-old Jadhav, who was sentenced to death in April by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial for “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities.” The statement by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry claimed that Jadhav was a serving Indian Navy officer “and was sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in loss of many innocent lives and damage to property.”

Pakistan has dismissed India’s consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. And India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so.India moved the International Court of Justice against Jadhav’s death penalty and the ICJ on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he was dealing with his business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

The denial for consular access came a day after India and Pakistan exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other’s jails. According to the list Pakistan shared with India, at least 546 Indian nationals are lodged in its jails.

The lists were exchanged as per the provisions of the bilateral agreement on consular access signed on May 21, 2008. As per the pact, such lists have to be exchanged twice a year, on January 1 and July 1.

The Foreign Office also said that Pakistan is committed to implement the 2008 agreement and ensure that humanitarian cases are not held hostage to politics. “We expect India to reciprocate through action rather than rhetoric.”

It said five Indian nationals, who had completed their sentences, were repatriated on June 22. “In contrast, 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence still await repatriation, while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending,” it said.

“Indian humanitarian claims appear contrary to reality in view of the impossible conditions imposed for medical visas for Pakistani patients,” it claimed.

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    Shafted mohammed
    Jul 3, 2017 at 3:46 am
    He is already dead from the beating given to him by Pakistani army and all this hanging drama is created to cover up the old blooded murder. India should collect the documentation and write a letter to ICC that those involved in terrorism charges would loose their diplomatic status and would face court trial. Do a quick trial and hang Abdul basic the same day Pakistan declare to hang Jadhav.
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      Mohammad Dar
      Jul 3, 2017 at 1:16 am
      No need to pay heed to the hinduism crookedness of hindu terrorist government of hindrastan, Bharat, Hang this hindu terrorist by faith high in public and hang him high, for a his hinduism terrorism in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
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        Michelle:Vedic:human
        Jul 3, 2017 at 1:47 am
        Pakistan land still remains a Hindu if you look back into history pre-1947,----islamad,---Karachi,---etcetc are all changed names likewise same as how you bent over to a WAHABI and forever became their slaves,----Jai hind.
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        m.narasimhan
        Jul 2, 2017 at 11:41 pm
        dear sir,its a trgic that most of the rulers of pakistan so far have met an inglorius end,nazeemuddin was dismissed,mirza was exiled,ayub was deposed,yahya was jailed,bhutto was hanged,zia case questioned,musharaf is adament what not?after jinnah founded pakistan on the basis of secular language,we now expect hitler tobe described as the greatest democrat,khomeneni as the greatest liberal etc.,pakistan has blackmarketters,adulterators thiefs flogged with idolise dacoits they make leaders out of people to save their political ends by resorting to bluffing cunning methods,how they are exploting people in j k and the border breaking fences of line of control,they are merciless unable to understand cons utional laws fearing the military rule that ovrrtakes humanity if consular access is given in mr.kulbushan singh case do they not know its a contempt of international court,mr.kulbushan tortured forced to accept their fraudulant statements been a victim in thiscase be discharged free soon
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          Mohammad Dar
          Jul 3, 2017 at 1:13 am
          deep hinduism poison of a snake of hinduism immorality, a hindu by faith, no need to talk of Pakistan, it is time to give citizens of the states, forcibly made part of , hinduism crime against humanity, so called Bharat, no need to itch with a capital B hinduism heart burn against Pakistan, but have look at the reality, a hindu bas tard iden y called Bharat has no reason to exist but, to be divided according to the wishes of the natives of the states.
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          Mc Duglus
          Jul 2, 2017 at 10:15 pm
          jis ko mirchi lagay woh apne Ga and thanday paani say dho lay
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            Mc Duglus
            Jul 2, 2017 at 10:14 pm
            Ab banao aur chalao MOVIE SURGICAL STRIKE ki.....tumuari Phad ker rakh day ga china.. In dia bacha howa hay PUNJABI SARDAAROON ki wajah say....naheen to tumhara to behan ch odo dhote mein Peeshaab nikal jaata hay.
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              Mc Duglus
              Jul 2, 2017 at 10:14 pm
              Ab banao aur chalao MOVIE SURGICAL STRIKE ki.....tumuari Phad ker rakh day ga china.. In dia bacha howa hay PUNJABI SARDAAROON ki wajah say....naheen to tumhara to behan ch odo dhote mein Peeshaab nikal jaata hay.
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