Kulbhushan Jadhav will meet an Indian officer for the first time in 3 years of his arrest

  • Pakistan has agreed to provide consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on September 2 after the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
  • Previously, India had asked Pakistan for Jadhav’s immediate return, after the verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case was delivered.
  • The ICJ in its verdict had announced that its Pakistan’s obligation to inform Jadhav his rights and allow India to provide counselor access to him.
Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian naval officer, serving prison time in Pakistan since March 2016 on charges of espionage, will meet an Indian official on September 1 for the first time since arrest.

The decision came following the verdict of International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 17 that asked Pakistan to scrap death penalty over the charges, and provide consular access.

Kulbhushan Jadhav will meet an Indian officer for the first time in 3 years of his arrest

Previously, Pakistan had offered consular access on August 1, given that one of their officials is present.

India vows to bring its retired naval officer back

Pakistan had arrested Jadhav in Balochistan, and accused him of terrorism and spying. A Pakistani military country sentenced him to death in 2017. However, ICJ asked Pakistan to review the death penalty under 1963 Vienna Convention.

"As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws for which modalities are being worked out," it had then said.

Long before the verdict, India has been seeking "unimpeded consular access" to Jadhav, in an environment "free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal".

After the ICJ verdict, India asked Pakistan to release him, and vowed to bring the retired Navy officer back. The ICJ had directed Pakistan to ensure "effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences".

See also:

Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent, release him says India’s External Affairs Minister
Pakistan Foreign Minister claims Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict a 'victory' as he remains with them

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