Islamabad, July 17
A day after India termed the second consular entry to Kulbhushan Jadhav as “neither meaningful nor credible,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stated that Islamabad was prepared to offer a 3rd assembly with the Indian demise row prisoner, in line with the Pakistani media.
Pakistan on Thursday offered a second consular entry to Jadhav, a 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, who was sentenced to demise by a Pakistani army court docket on fees of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.
The Indian authorities stated the second entry was “neither meaningful nor credible,” and Jadhav appeared visibly underneath stress.
“The Consular Officers were not given unimpeded, unhindered and unconditional access” to Jadhav, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated in New Delhi on Thursday.
Foreign Minister Qureshi, nevertheless, stated the Indian consular officers have been offered entry to Jadhav as desired by New Delhi.
Qureshi stated Pakistan was prepared to offer yet one more consular entry to India, The Express Tribune reported.
“They had objected over the presence of security officials during the meeting, we are willing even to remove those officials. If India wants another access then our offer is open. If they (India) want to meet him tonight or tomorrow, we are ready,” the paper quoted Qureshi as telling a information channel.
However, there was no official affirmation neither from India nor from Pakistan whether or not the choice was conveyed to New Delhi.
India approached the International Court of Justice in opposition to Pakistan for denial of consular entry to Jadhav and difficult the demise sentence.
The Hague-based ICJ dominated in July final 12 months that Pakistan should undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and likewise to grant consular entry to India with out additional delay.
The first consular entry underneath the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 was earlier offered by Pakistan on September 2 final 12 months.
Though Pakistan Foreign Ministry had assured India that the consular entry on Thursday could be unimpeded, unhindered and unconditional, it turned out that the preparations of the assembly weren’t in accordance with the assurances made by Islamabad, stated External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Srivastava.
Pakistan claims that its safety forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.
India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran the place he had enterprise pursuits after retiring from the Navy. PTI