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India summons Pakistani official over Jadhav case

Updated Apr 20, 2017 11:09am

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NEW DELHI: India’s external affairs ministry summoned on Wednesday the Pakistani deputy high commissioner on the issue of the death sentence handed down to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military tribunal in Pakistan and made a fresh demand for consular access to the Indian national.

The ministry’s officials met Syed Haider Shah and claimed that Jadhav was innocent and that false charges had been framed against him, according to sources.

Mr Shah’s summoning came five days after Indian Ambassador to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale met the Pakistani foreign secretary and sought a certified copy of the charge-sheet and the court order in the case.

“We definitely want to appeal against the judgement but we cannot do it unless we have the details of charges and a copy of the verdict. So, my demand was that details of the charge-sheet and a copy of the verdict be provided to us,” Mr Bambawale had said after the meeting.

“I have asked for consular access on the basis of the international law and on humanitarian grounds as he [Jadhav] is an Indian national,” the ambassador added.

By arrangement with the Times of India

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2017

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Comments (21) Closed



Indian Apr 20, 2017 03:17pm

Why is Pakistan so worried about that they don't even want to give consular access in spite of 15 requests in the last 1year !!!

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 20, 2017 04:17pm

What else can they do to support their Indian navy commander spymaster caught red-handed across the border?

doshi h k Apr 20, 2017 04:26pm

It is expected that any democratic country should follow UN rules as regards to arrest of war or spy related cases. If we do not follow such rules & rules of natural justice , the coming generations will not forgive such mistakes. World other countries also observing keenly on such matter. Here in instant case it is observed that the same is not followed by Pakistan .

chutiapak Apr 20, 2017 04:33pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad if you are that much confident of his role in spying then what is the problem with you in providing consular access. Every theory has pros & Cons.

The TRUTH Apr 20, 2017 04:40pm

The main question is, will India do the same if the situation is reversed?. Highly doubtful.

Sayed Ali Naqvi Apr 20, 2017 04:42pm

India must allow World Journalists and UNITED NATIONS and the International Family access to Kashmir.

a blot on escutcheon Apr 20, 2017 05:04pm

What difference will it make?

India knows that Pakistan has captured a big fish. This man has made RAW a laughing stock in the eyes of the intelligence community.

They have made a botched attempt by trapping Colonel Habibullah, a retired ex-military personnel seeking for some post-retirement job but unfortunately for India, its drama exposed before it unfolded at the right time. However, Indians are famous for concocting the story of Bollywood style when it comes to emotional Indo-Pak relations.

MOab Apr 20, 2017 05:17pm

In return you give the access to Mr Habib which you abducted

MOab Apr 20, 2017 05:18pm

@Indian ok you give access to Habib

Observer Apr 20, 2017 05:49pm

@MOab Of course, but where is formal request?

Musa Apr 20, 2017 06:00pm

@MOab ....Are you kidding? India doesn't have Habib. Did India say that they have captured Habib?

tikkA Apr 20, 2017 06:06pm

If Pakistan finally has proof of India's involvement, then why not expose India at world stage? Especially when India is denying it so openly, it would be an embarrassment. This is an opportunity for Pakistan, but the secret suspicious trials, unclear charges and no consular access will mean the world will not believe anything. If sentenced to death, the world will support India's stand. This move will not do any good for Pakistan and it just shows poor diplomacy.

Shobit Apr 20, 2017 06:06pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad No one is challenging the pakistani law, but there is a bigger international law that supersedes. A convict deserves a lawyer if his choice, A convict has a right to meet consulate, The government has the right to meet their citizen and Right to obtain a copy of judgement. What is the problem? Your Foreign Minister said in your parliament that there was no evidence against Jadhav.

Seedoo Apr 20, 2017 06:34pm

Pakistan should provide consular access. This game of "Who Can Sink Lower?" must end. Just because India has refuses transparency on Kashmir and other matters, does not mean we need to go down to this level. We can show to them and the world that we are better than them and have a high moral standing. There is nothing to lose here so long as Pakistan is truthful about Jhadav.

jamshed Apr 20, 2017 06:40pm

@Shobit A spy involved in espionage and committing or leading act of terrorism where innocent people lost their lives deserve Maha-Veer Chakra in abstentia for his act of bravery and valor. And Pakistan must provide him an air conditioned cell, a water bed, Indian TV channel, internet access and caviar in the morning that he can share with his lawyer from India? Which side of the planet you live ?

Soch Apr 20, 2017 06:43pm

Hopefully ISI commander Habib is safe and Pakistan is not forced to make a spy for spy exchange.

Hemant Apr 20, 2017 07:04pm

@doshi h k Good one, is India following UN resolutions with regards to Plebiscite in Kashmir? Allowing UN troops to freely monitor LOC from Indian side? Falsely killing Pakistani, Nepali, Bangladeshi citizens who accidentally cross over.

UNHRC demanded access into IOK which is still pending, so what are you hiding?

pakistani Apr 20, 2017 07:05pm

@Shobit . he was involved in terrorist activities inside Pakistan namely in Balochistan and Karachi. He admitted because of his activities many innocent Pakistanis died. Pakistan does not have to provide any access to a terrorist. He has the right to appeal in Supreme Court and then to the President of Pakistan. If that does not work then he will be punished. Period. Get over it.

DIL Apr 20, 2017 07:36pm

@Indian Consular access is not the right of India even according to the international laws . India can request it but giving consular access is entirely up to the Govt of Pakistan . Yes Charge sheet should be given to India .

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) Apr 20, 2017 07:38pm

@Indian please read the international laws about espionage.

ROCKY Apr 21, 2017 11:30am

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad wait for few days.. will reveal ur spy master..!