For the 15th time, India seeks consular access to Jadhav

Trying to build up pressure on Pakistan in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, India has sought consular access to the former Naval officer, whose whereabouts are not known, for the 15th consecutive time.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Pakistan is yet to heed to India’s request for consular access to Jadhav who has been given death penalty by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying. Here is what India wants in this case from Pakistan:

India has officially sought from Pakistan details of the trial proceedings against Kulbhushan Jadhav as well as the appeal process in the case, the External Affairs Ministry said today.

India awaits formal response from Pakistan to its two demands – consular access and details of the trial proceedings against Jadhav, said Baglay. India doesn’t know anything about Jadhav’s location or condition in Pakistan he said adding it is a matter of concern for India.

Pakistan army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor has already rejected any chance of granting consular access to Jadhav who was sentenced to death for espionage and subversive activities.

Sources had earlier said India also wants certified copies of proceedings of Court of Inquiry, summary of evidence and medical report on Jadhav case. India also seeks assistance with a lawyer to defend Jadhav in appeal, visas for family members to visit Pakistan for legal process, consular access as provided in Vienna Convention on consular matters.

India is yet to receive copies of the Pakistani chargesheet against Jadhav and the copy of the judgment sentencing him to death. Jadhav, sentenced to death by Pakistan’s military court on April 10, faced seven charges, including sponsoring IED attacks on important installations and attacks on Shias in Pakistan – according to the list read out by the country’s foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz on Friday. –(MR) – AGENCIES

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