New Delhi, Sep 2: India on Monday said that Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is held in Pakistan custody since 2016, was given consular access by Pakistan government at the directives of International Court of Justice but the former naval official was 'under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims. ''We will decide a further course of action after receiving a detailed report from our Charge d’ Affaires, High Commission of India in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia and determining the extent of conformity to the ICJ directives,' MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said here in reply to queries from the media.
He said while a comprehensive report is being awaited, '....it was clear that Shri Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims'. "The Charge d’ Affaires, High Commission of India in Islamabad, met Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav today. This meeting was held in the light of unanimous judgement of the International Court of Justice delivered on 17 July 2019 which found Pakistan in egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 on many counts and ordered Pakistan to provide Indian consular officers access to Shri Jadhav,' he said.
Mr Kumar said, 'Today’s consular access (for Jadhav) is a part of the binding obligations of Pakistan, as ordered by the ICJ, to ensure effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence awarded to Shri Jadhav through a farcical process.' The spokesman disclosed that External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has spoken to the mother of Shri Jadhav and briefed her of today’s developments. 'The Government remains committed to continue to work towards ensuring that Shri Jadhav receives justice at the earliest and returns safely to India," he said.
On July 17 in a major development, the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) had ruled that Jadhav’s death sentence awarded by the Pakistani military court should remain suspended. In what was seen as a victory for India, the court also had directed Pakistan to review and reconsider the death sentence awarded to Jadhav under the provisions of the 1963 Vienna Convention and said that he should be given consular access.
The ICJ held that Pakistan had breached Art 36 (1) of the Vienna Convention by denying consular access to him. 'Jadhav’s death sentence should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction or sentence in light of Pakistan’s breach of Article 36 (1), that is, denial of consular access and notification.'(UNI)