Pakistan has denied India's request for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav for the 16th time today. Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court allegedly for spying
Jadhav's mother Avanti Sudhir Jadhav has filed an appeal (in the Pakistan court of appeals) against the death sentence given to her son. The appeal has been filed under section 133(B) of the Pakistan Army act.
This was conveyed by Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale to Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua during a meeting sought by him.
A meeting between Bambawale and Janjua was rescheduled on April 19.
India's request for consular access to 46-year-old Jadhav has been denied over a dozen times in the last one year by Pakistan.
Any chance of granting consular access to Jadhav who was sentenced to death for espionage and subversive activities has already been rejected by Pakistan Army.
BAMBAWALE'S MEETING WITH PAKISTAN FOREIGN SECRETARY
Bambawale had met with the Pakistan foreign secretary, showing increasing concern of India about the fate of Jadhav, on April 14.
He asked for list of charges and authentic copy of verdict of military tribunal against Jadhav to launch appeal against his conviction, Bambawale said after the meeting.
India was seeking consular access on the basis of international law humanitarian grounds, added Bambawale.
Pakistan Foreign Office has said that during the period of trial of Jadhav, due judicial process was followed and he was provided a lawyer in accordance with relevant laws and the Constitution of Pakistan.
KULBHUSHAN JADHAV'S DEATH SENTENCE
Jadhav was awarded death sentence by the Field General Court Martial earlier this month, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the "pre-meditated murder" was carried out.
Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. It also claimed that he was "a serving officer in the Indian Navy."
The Pakistan Army had also released a "confessional video" of Jadhav after his arrest.
However, India denied Pakistans contention and maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped by the Pakistan authorities.
India had acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he has any connection with the government.
(With inputs from PTI)