Qureshi surprised at Indian diplomats' behaviour at Jadhav meeting

Raises questions about Delhi's request for consular access to Indian spy

By: News Desk      Published: 12:51 AM, 17 Jul, 2020
Qureshi surprised at Indian diplomats' behaviour at Jadhav meeting
The Pakistan foreign minister says Indian Navy commander kept crying for help, but his country's diplomats left. –File photo

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday that Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav kept crying for help, but the diplomats of his country, who met him in a Pakistani jail, did not listen to him.

Indian diplomats had arrived in Pakistan from New Delhi after Pakistan granted India consular access to spy Jadhav, a commander of the Indian Navy who had been orchestrating terrorist attacks inside Pakistan on the instructions of Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

Qureshi questioned as to why India made a request for consular access if it was not interested in listening to Jadhav. “The detained spy repeatedly asked the diplomats to talk to him, but they didn’t bother.

“We took all necessary steps. We removed the glass sheet between the diplomats and Commander Jadhav on their request.

“We stopped the video recording after they objected and then we stopped even audio recording,” he said.

This was the second consular access to the Indian spy who was captured in a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan in March 2017.

A military court in Pakistan awarded him death sentence on April 10, 2017 after he confessed that he mounted operations for India to conduct terrorist activities in Pakistan. Initially, India disowned Jadhav, but later it moved the International Court of Justice for his acquittal, release and return.

The court after two years of proceedings rejected the Indian request and asked Pakistan to give India consular access to Jadhav under the Vienna Convention.