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Pakistan grants consular access to Indian spy Jadhav

Pakistan will provide consular access on Monday to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who is being held on charges of espionage and terrorism, the Foreign Office said on Sunday.

The announcement came after The Hague-based International Court of Justice on July 17 had rejected India’s request for acquittal, release, and return of Commander Jadhav. However, the world court asked Pakistan to provide consular access to him under the Vienna Convention.

On August 1, Pakistan had formally approached the Indian government with an offer to grant consular access to Jadhav.

Speaking in New Delhi that same day, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar had confirmed that they had received a proposal from Pakistan.

“We have received a proposal from Pakistan. We are evaluating the proposal in the light of [the] ICJ judgement,” media repoted.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, in a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan.  A military court awarded him death sentence on April 10, 2017, following his confession that he had mounted operations for India’s Research and Analysis Wing to conduct terrorist activities on Pakistani soil.

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