Jadhav case: India hands over mother's appeal to Pak

Posted April 28, 2017

Pakistan on Wednesday again denied India consular access to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who was awarded a death sentence by Islamabad military court for alleged espionage activities.

However, Pakistani media reported that Janjua turned down Bambawale's demand saying, "access under (bilateral) agreement is meant for prisoners and not for spies".

On 26 April, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale filed an appeal with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in connection with the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The mother of Jadhav has requested the intervention of the Federal Government of Pakistan for his release and has expressed the desire to meet him.

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Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had also met High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Abdul Basit on Tuesday and raised similar points.

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However, pointing out the legal aspects of the case, Janjua told Bambawale that Pakistan maintained its decision to deny consular access to Jadhav. Pakistani officials have accused him of running a spy network for India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) intelligence agency from the Iranian port of Chabahar.

The formal appeal against the death sentence, filed under Section 133 (B) of the Pakistan Army Act, was signed by Jadhav's mother. "Pakistan was also requested to facilitate visas for the mother and father Jadhav". 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 high commissioner was informed that Pakistan has irrefutable evidence of the involvement of Jhadav in hatching conspiracies against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)", the source said.

Pakistan's Foreign Office has said judicial process was followed during Jadhav's trial and he was provided a lawyer in accordance with relevant laws and the Constitution.

The Pakistan Army had before said there will be "no bargain" on the issue of capital punishment granted to Jadhav.