Islamabad, Aug 1 : Pakistan on Thursday offered consular access to former Indian Navy commander Kulbhushan Jadhav for Friday August 2.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Pakistan is waiting for a reply from India. The development comes nearly a fortnight after Pakistan agreed to grant consular access to Jadhav, a decision it took a day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) held the country guilty violating the Vienna Convention.
“Pursuant to the decision of the ICJ, Commander Kulbushan Jadhav has been informed of his rights under Article 36, Paragraph 1(b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for which modalities are being worked out,” Pakistan`s Foreign Office had said in an official statement on July 19.
Jadhav was kidnapped from Balochistan by Pakistani security forces on false allegations that he allegedly entered the country. India approached the ICJ against Pakistan on May 8, 2017, "for egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963" in the matter. New Delhi alleged that Pakistan is in breach of Article 36(1) (b) of the Vienna Convention, which obliged Pakistan to inform India of the arrest of Jadhav "without delay".(UNi)