Pakistan again denies India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

  • Pakistan again denies India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan again denies India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale will today meet Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to repeat interest for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been granted capital punishment by the Islamabad military court.

Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale met with Pakistan's foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua on Wednesday and handed over the appeal written by Jadhav's mother on her son's behalf.

"I humbly request appropriate and capable authorities to intervene in the matter and make sure that Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav doesn't get punished for the act which he never committed", the petition added and it also urges United Nations to look into this matter.

Responding to this, a group on 11 Indian hackers named "lulzsec India" launched operation "Justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav" Tuesday, taking down at least 30 important websites of Pakistan government and leaving a message on each one of them. Jadhav was awarded capital punishment by a military court following a secret trial and the sentence was confirmed by the Pakistan Army chief on April 10. Jadhav's mother has also requested the intervention of Pakistan Government for his release and expressed the desire to meet him.

The Pakistan Army had also released a "confessional video" of Jadhav after his arrest.

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has stated that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is in the "driving seat" in handling relations with India.

Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, was arrested in Balochistan in March 2016. After the first meeting on April 14, Bambawale had told reporters, "We have said that at the minimum, we should be allowed to meet him". The external affairs ministry said in a statement Jadhav "continues to be in detention in Pakistan on concocted charges".

This was second time that Bambawale has met Janjua to seek consular access to Jadhav. But so far, even Pakistani officials had candidly acknowledged before its parliamentary panel that there had been no concrete evidence to back these claims. "Pakistan was also requested to facilitate visas for the mother and father Jadhav".