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Indian spy Jadhav to be provided consular access on Sept 2, says FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said on Sunday consular access will be provided to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav on Sept 2 (tomorrow).

“Consular access for Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, a serving Indian naval officer and RAW operative, is being provided on Monday 2 September 2019, in line with Vienna Convention on Consular relations, ICJ judgement & the laws of Pakistan,” Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal tweeted.

“Commander Jadhav remains in Pakistan’s custody, for espionage, terrorism and sabotage,” he said in another tweet.

On August 1, Pakistan had made a formal offer to India for granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

“As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws for which modalities are being worked out,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal had said in a statement.

Pakistan’s offer came in the light of the International Court of Justice’s verdict on July 17, in which India was allowed to have consular access to Jadhav

However, India had on Aug 2 rejected Pakistan’s offer of consular access to spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and rather asked for ‘unimpeded’ consular access to him.

The ICJ, in its verdict, had rejected a number of Indian demands including annulment of military court decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

Pakistani security agencies on March 24, 2016 had apprehended Indian spy Jadhav from Balochistan.

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