September 22, 2019

Indian envoy meets Kulbhushan Jadhav

ISLAMABAD: Indian Business Manager (CDA) Gaurav Ahluwalia had a two-hour meeting with Operational Commander RAW Kulbhushan Jadhav on Monday. Pakistan announced on Sunday that it will provide consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on Monday.

Jadhav, 49, is an Indian Navy officer on duty and a RAW agent sentenced to death by a military court for espionage and terrorism in Pakistan. Pakistani security forces arrested him in Balochistan province on March 3, 2016.

Consular access is granted in accordance with a judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Vienna Convention on consular relations.

The Foreign Ministry said that Pakistani officials were present during the meeting and, in compliance with India’s request, there were no restrictions on the language of communication, which was recorded. The Indian business manager was informed that the meeting would be recorded.

Although the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not indicate the place where the meeting took place, before Gaurav Ahluwalia had entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where previously Jadhav had also met his mother and wife.

Meanwhile, previously the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India (EAM) in a statement said it expected a comprehensive report most likely from the Indian mission in Islamabad. “It was clear that Shri Jadhav was under extreme pressure to repeat Pakistan’s unsustainable claims,” ​​the ministry said.

Indian officials also contacted Jadhav’s mother and updated her at Monday’s meeting. “We will decide on an additional course of action after receiving a detailed report from our CDA and determining the degree of compliance with the ICJ directives,” the statement added.

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