Pak denies India consular access to Jadhav again

Posted April 28, 2017

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Wednesday rejected Indian High Commission's plea seeking consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by Pakistani military court for spying.

However, Janjua contended Jadhav was not covered under a bilateral agreement on consular access as he was a "spy".

The High Commissioner also referred to the appeal process in Pakistan, saying Jadhav can always go to an appellate court and if the verdict is upheld then he can file a mercy petition to the Pakistan Army chief and the Pakistan Prime Minister.

Avanti Jadhav, whose son Kulbhushan was arrested in Pakistan's Balochistan province in March past year, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court via the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, broadcaster NDTV reported. The mother of Jadhav has requested the intervention of the Federal Government of Pakistan for his release and has expressed the desire to meet him.

Responding to this, a group on 11 Indian hackers named "lulzsec India" launched operation "Justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav" Tuesday, taking down at least 30 important websites of Pakistan government and leaving a message on each one of them.

Pakistan Army had also previously ruled out granting India consular access to Jadhav, who was sentenced to death for "espionage and subversive activities".

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This is the second time the Indian High Commissioner has called on Janjua since the death sentence was handed to Jadhav on April 10.

Mr. Jadhav is also entitled to apply for mercy from the President of Pakistan within 90 days after the decision of CoAS on the mercy petition.

The whole story which started in March, last year, in Balochistan, has now taken an even serious turn as the situation keeps turning bleak and the fight keeps getting more and more real.

The Indian government has also asked for consular access to Jadhav for the 16th time. "Pakistan was also requested to facilitate visas for the mother and father Jadhav".

Asserting that Jadhav was sentenced on undeniable evidence, Major General Ghafoor said the Pakistan Army will defend their case with all resources in light of the undeniable evidence if questioned on any of the forum. The Pakistani army claimed that Jadhav is a serving officer in the Indian Navy.

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