Hope for Kulbhushan Jadhav: India to ask for defence lawyer in Pakistan

India also wants assistance with a lawyer to defend Jadhav in appeal, visas for family members to visit Pakistan for legal process, consular access as provided in Vienna Convention on consular matters.

Upping the ante on Kulbhushan Jadhav issue, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale will meet Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua later today to build pressure on his release and demand a lawyer to represent him in court.

Sources in the Foreign Office said Bambawale has sought the meeting with the Foreign Secretary.

"The meeting is expected in the evening," they said.

They said that the issue of Jadhav is likely to be the focus of the meeting as India has been seeking consular access to its citizen convicted to death in spying and espionage case.

India will seek certified copies of proceedings of Court of Inquiry, summary of evidence and medical report on Jadhav case.

India also wants assistance with a lawyer to defend Jadhav in appeal, visas for family members to visit Pakistan for legal process, consular access as provided in Vienna Convention on consular matters.

Pakistan has denied India's request for consular access to Jadhav over a dozen times in the last one year.

Pakistan army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor has already rejected any chance of granting consular access to Jadhav who was sentenced to death for espionage and subversive activities.

It would be Bambawale's second meeting in less than week with the foreign secretary, showing increasing concern of India about the fate of Jadhav.

He told media after his previous meeting on April 14 that he had asked for list of charges and authentic copy of verdict of military tribunal against Jadhav to launch appeal against his conviction.

He also said that India was seeking consular access on the basis on international law humanitarian grounds.

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