Pakistan gives consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, India says: We are evaluating the proposal

Islamabad: Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan, will be given consular access by Friday, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Thursday.

Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017 following which India had moved the International Court of Justice, seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies.

Meanwhile, external affairs spokesperson Ravish Kumar said that Indian will evaluate the Pakistan proposal as per ICJ judgment.

“We have received a proposal from Pakistan. We are evaluating the proposal in the light of ICJ judgment. We will maintain communication with Pakistan in this matter through diplomatic channels,” Kumar said.

“The proposal sent by Pakistan is being evaluated by us as per the guidelines given by ICJ. Whatever response is to be sent will be given by us timely through diplomatic channels,” the MEA official added.

The move comes two weeks after the ICJ ordered Pakistan on July 17 to undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay.