S Jaishankar urges Pakistan to release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav

New Delhi: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday urged Islamabad to release and repatriate Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately. He said his detention in Pakistan was “illegal” and under “fabricated” charges.

Making a statement in Rajya Sabha, he said the verdict of the International Court of Justice is not only a support for Jadhav but also for all those who believe in the rule of law.

In a major victory for India, the International Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism”.

The bench also ruled by 15 votes to 1 that Pakistan had violated India’s rights to consular visits after Jadhav’s arrest.

Pakistan “deprived the Republic of India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation”, the judges had said.

Pakistan was under the obligation to inform India about the arrest and detention of Jadhav under the Vienna Convention, Judge Yusuf had ruled.