Pakistan has finally granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, in presence of an Indian diplomat during the meeting between Kulbhushan and his family. Kulbhushan Jadav is a death prisoner in Pakistan who has been sentenced to death for allegedly being a spy.
Indian official however has stated that it is not a consular access and the Indian diplomat is just accompanying Jadav’s family. On this comment, Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif replied that since Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh will be with Jadav’s family during the meeting, it should be considered a “consular access.”
Asif also noted that the meeting has been granted on humanitarian grounds and that the decision on the mercy plea will be taken based on Pakistan’s interest. He further stated that had India been in Pakistan’s position, Indian government would not have granted consular access.
Pakistan will issue photos and videos of the meeting between Jadav and his family. On charges of espionage and terrorism Jadav was sentenced to death in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May, where Jadav’s execution was halted. The final verdict is still pending on the case. Pakistani officials have stated that Jadav a.k.a. Hussein Mubarak Patel, was arrested in Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016, when he allegedly entered Iran.
India however maintains that he was kidnapped by Pakistani officials from Iran where he had business interest from the Indian Navy.