Pakistan ‘working to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav’

“We said [earlier] that consular access will be given and [now] work has been started on that,” says Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal

Published - July 25, 2019 07:38 pm IST - Islamabad

Pakistan said on July 25 that it was working to grant consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, days after a U.N. court ordered Islamabad to make an “effective review and reconsideration” of his conviction and death sentence and also grant consular access.

Mr. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.

In a reprieve for Mr. Jadhav, a 16-member Bench of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), on July 17, by a 15-1 vote continued the stay on the execution and held that Islamabad violated New Delhi’s rights to consular visits after his arrest.

“We said [earlier] that consular access will be given and [now] work has been started on that,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told reporters during his weekly media briefing in Islamabad.

Mr. Faisal also welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation for resolving the Kashmir issue. He expressed “surprise” over Indian reaction to the offer.

“Our approach is dialogue based; it is U.N.-resolutions based and it will remain as such,” he said.

Mr. Trump on July 22 offered to be the “mediator” between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue during his first meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House.

India firmly rejected Mr. Trump’s offer, saying that New Delhi’s consistent position has been that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally.

When asked about the next meeting on the Kartarpur corridor, Mr. Faisal said Pakistan was prepared for the talks and waiting for India to give the dates. He said that the next meeting will be held soon.

Officials from India and Pakistan on July 14 held the second round of talks to discuss draft agreement and operationalisation of the Kartarpur corridor.

The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.

Talking about the alleged ceasefire violations by India, Faisal said Pakistan gave “befitting response” to the Indian fire.

He also said that visit of Prime Minister Khan to the U.S. was “highly successful and productive”.

“The visit was more successful than our expectations,” he said.

He said the two leaders “held comprehensive talks focusing on building a broad-based and enduring partnership between the two countries” and strengthening cooperation to bring peace, stability and economic prosperity in South Asia.

He also said it was decided to establish a mechanism to follow up on the understanding reached during the visit.

Mr. Faisal said Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process was acknowledged by everybody in the United States.

We want an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution of the conflict,” he said, adding that Pakistan wanted that U.S. tension with Iran should come down and that all parties must work towards easing the tension in the region.

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