India rejects conditions laid by Pakistan for meeting with Kulbhushan Jadhav

India declined the possibility of a monitored meeting with Kulbhushan Jadhav and asked Pakistan to provide unimpeded access to the former Indian Navy officer in light of the orders of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

On Thursday, Pakistan offered India consular access to Kulbhushan Jhadav who has been imprisoned in Pakistan on espionage charges since March 2016 on three conditions.

Pakistan wants one of their officers present in the meeting and also wants CCTV cameras installed.

According to sources, India responded by saying that Pakistan must provide consular access to Jadhav in an environment “free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal”. A response from Pakistan is now awaited.

India pointed out the Article 36 Paragraph 1(a) of the Vienna Convention which reads:

“Consular officers shall be free to communicate with nationals of the sending State and to have access to them. Nationals of the sending State shall have the same freedom…to communication with and access to consular officers of the sending State.”

Since his imprisonment, Jadhav was allowed to meet his mother and wife only once at the Pakistan foreign office on December 25, 2017. In the meeting, which lasted for close to 35 minutes, Jadhav spoke to his family through an intercom as a glass screen separated them.

Source : Various