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Pakistan rejects Indian request for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav


ISLAMABAD, JUL 02 (DNA) – Pakistan on Sunday rejected Indian request for granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav – the Indian spy sentenced to death for fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.

The Foreign Office (FO) said India is suppressing facts by calling spy Kulbushan Jadhav a ‘common prisoner.’

A statement released by the FO rejected Indian External Affairs Ministry’s statement on Jadhav and said Pakistan is working to implement a two-way agreement and will implement on the consular access agreement in its true essence.

It further stated that Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) sent Jadhav to Pakistan to disrupt the country’s peace, and the spy confessed to his crimes.

“Jadhav’s activities have affected the lives of many Pakistanis,” the FO statement read.

Earlier, India and Pakistan exchanged lists of prisoners in each other’s custody on Saturday.

The lists were exchanged through diplomatic channels in line with the Consular Access Agreement between the two countries.

“India has again requested Pakistan to grant full and early consular access to Indian nationals in its custody, including Hamid Nehal Ansari and Jadhav,” reads a statement issued by India’s external affairs ministry.

“India once again requests Pakistan for the early release and repatriation of Indian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen along with their boats whose nationalities have been confirmed by India,” the statement adds.

India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May against Jadhav’s execution after he was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court the month before. The ICJ ordered Pakistan to stay the execution until a final ruling.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3 last year during a counter-intelligence operation from Mashkel, Balochistan. A few weeks later, the army had released his recorded confessional statement in which he had admitted to have been working for India’s premier intelligence agency – the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – to stoke unrest and instability in Pakistan. In a six-minute video, Jadhav confessed that he had been tasked with creating unrest in Balochistan and Karachi. India denies Jadhav was a RAW agent but admits that he was a retired naval officer.

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