FO rejects inaccurate Indian statements in terror-spy Jadhav case

By: News Desk      Published: 04:09 PM, 10 May, 2020
FO rejects inaccurate Indian statements in terror-spy Jadhav case

Pakistan on Sunday rejected inaccurate statements made by the Indian legal counsel in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Responding to media queries, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan has noted the statements made in an online lecture on 03 May 2020 by Mr Harish Salve, India’s legal counsel in the Kulbushan Jadhav case.

While suggesting that India may have to go back to International Court of Justice (ICJ), Mr Salve has made certain statements which are contrary to the facts of the case.

“We firmly reject the Indian counsel’s baseless and inaccurate assertion that Pakistan has not complied with the ICJ’s judgment in the case. Pakistan has fully complied with the judgment and remains committed to continue doing so as the case proceeds further,” the FO statement read.

Pakistan has granted India consular access to Commander Jadhav and is processing measures for effective review and reconsideration as per the guidelines provided by ICJ in its judgment, the spokesperson said.

“Being a responsible state, Pakistan abides by all its international obligations. It is regrettable that Mr Salve has chosen to make statements which are inaccurate and misrepresent facts,” the Foreign Office said.

Jadhav Case history

It is pertinent to note that 50-year-old Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav is an Indian Navy officer who was arrested on March 3, 2016 in Mashkel near the border region of Chaman, Balochistan, on charges of terrorism and spying for India's intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

The public hearings on the merits of the case were held from 18 to 21 February 2019. In its Judgment of 17 July 2019, the ICJ rejected all remedies of India including India's plea for Jadhav's return however it granted consular access to India.

The court asked Pakistan to ensure “effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences”.