Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Pakistan Submits Reply to ICJ, Rejects Plea For Consular Access
New Delhi, Nov 23: India has sought “sovereign guarantee” from Pakistan to ensure safety and security of wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death, said Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday. The government also said the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav along with an Indian envoy would like to meet him in Pakistan.
“There was a long-standing request from the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to visit Pakistan and meet her son. Although this request was pending, India has still responded positively to the offer by Pakistan to arrange a meeting of Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife,” ANI quoted Raveesh Kumar as saying. Pakistan offered a meeting between Jadhav and his wife on “humanitarian grounds.”
“In our response, we have conveyed that the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav would like to travel with her mother-in-law for the meeting. We also sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure safety, security of both. Also, during their stay in Pakistan, they should not be questioned or harassed,” the MEA official said. “We have further asked that a diplomat from our High Commission in Pakistan, shall be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting,” he added.
On November 18, Pakistan said it has received India’s reply to its offer to allow the wife of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife. “India’s reply to Pakistan’s humanitarian offer for Commander Jadhav received and is being considered,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted. Earlier this year, Jadhav’s mother had filed a visa application with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
Pakistan claims Jadhav is a serving Commander of the Indian Navy and was working for India’s premier intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Islamabad says he was apprehended by law enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016 in Balochistan after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan. India has said Jadhav is a former navy officer and denied he was working for RAW.
Jadhav was sentenced to death earlier this year by a Pakistani military court. However, the International Court of Justice ordered a stay in his execution. New Delhi has repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav, but Islamabad has denied permission on the ground that such access in cases related to spies was not applicable.