Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan set to submit its reply to ICJ

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan set to submit its reply to ICJ

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan set to submit its reply to ICJ

Pakistan is considering the Indian request to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother to meet the convicted spy along with his wife who was earlier offered on humanitarian grounds. On April 25, two weeks after Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, India had sought visas for Jadhav's parents, Sudhir and Avantika Jadhav.

When asked, the Foreign Office spokesman said that the meeting would take place on Pakistani soil and there were no other motives than the offer being on humanitarian grounds.

Islamabad last week took New Delhi by surprise by offering a meeting between Jadhav and his wife and it took a week for the latter to respond to the gesture, which Pakistan had said was on humanitarian grounds and as per "Islamic traditions and jurisprudence".

India has expressed reluctance in sending Jadhav's wife alone to Pakistan and insisted that his mother's application is also processed. Jhadav was involved in espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan, the army had said.

The convict was provided with a defending officer as per legal provisions, the army had stated.

Pakistan's offer is being viewed as an attempt to counter India's argument at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague that Jadhav was not granted consular access in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Pakistan has to submit its response in the case to the ICJ by 13 December. However, the UN's top court on May 18 stopped Pakistan from executing the death penalty.

Pakistan refers to Jadhav as a serving naval commander and claims he was working for the RAW spy agency. Though diplomats on both sides are tight-lipped about the way ahead, unconfirmed reports have indicated that both sides have begun to discuss the modalities and venue of the meeting.

The Pakistan government will not release the Indian spy at any cost and no pressure will be accepted and laws of the land will be followed, the sources added. He is also responsible for the murder of 1,345 innocent Pakistanis.

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