India evaluating Pak proposal for consular access to Jadhav

India evaluating Pak proposal for consular access to Jadhav

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New Delhi, Aug 1: India on Thursday said that it will evaluate the proposal sent by Pakistan allowing consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, jailed in Pakistan for the past three years on charges of espionage.

At his regular media briefing, External Affairs Ministry's official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Pakistan's proposal was being evaluated as per the guidelines given by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). ``Whatever response is to be sent will be given by us timely through diplomatic channels,' he said. ``We have received a proposal from Pakistan. We are evaluating the proposal in the light of ICJ judgement. We will maintain communication with Pakistan in this matter through diplomatic channels,' the spokesperson said.

The ICJ had ruled on July 17 that Pakistan must review the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav and asked it to grant consular access to Jadhav who was convicted by a military court and awarded death sentence. The world court had also asked Islamabad to suspend the death sentence of Jadhav. The ICJ agreed with India's stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by denying consular access to Jadhav after his conviction in a "farcical" closed trial.

After the ICJ order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in a tweet: "Truth and justice have prevailed. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice."

Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, who was carrying out his business activities in Chabahar in Iran was allegedly abducted by Pakistani agents, and forced to confess to charges of espionage and terrorism, India has maintained. (UNI)