India Still ‘Evaluating’ Pakistan’s Offer of Consular Access to Jadhav on Friday.
India had asked for ‘full consular access’ to Jadhav, which is thought to have meant that it would prefer no Pakistani officials to be present during the meeting.
New Delhi: With less than a day left for the scheduled time to arrive, India is still “evaluating” Pakistan’s offer to arrange consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav on Friday.
Last month on July 17, the International Court of Justice had ruled that Pakistan was in violation of international law in not granting consular access to Jadhav after he was arrested on charges of espionage in March 2016.
India is evaluating Pakistan’s proposal of facilitating consular access to former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in light of the recent verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the External Affairs Ministry said on August 1. Pakistan has sent a proposal to India for facilitating consular access to Mr. Jadhav.
“We will reply to Pakistan through diplomatic channels,” the Ministry’s spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Last month, the ICJ, in its ruling in the case, directed Pakistan to provide full consular access to Mr. Jadhav.
Two days later, on July 19, Pakistan had announced that it was ready to grant consular access to Jadhav “as per Pakistani laws”.
Indian and Pakistani officials had been discussing the modalities of consular access – including the duration of the meeting, it’s timing, the officials who are to be present, as well as whether Pakistani authorities will be privy to the deliberations.
Last week, India’s spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, had said that India wanted “full” consular access to Jadhav. This was interpreted as a demand for a private conversation between Indian consular officials and Jadhav, without the presence of any Pakistani officials.
Writer: Himani Ranade