Pakistan not violating any pact by not giving consular access to Jadhav, says Basit

Pakistan’s high commissioner says Jadhav can go to an appellate court and file a mercy plea to army chief and PM


News Desk April 24, 2017
Envoy says Jadhav can go to an appellate court and file a mercy petition to the army chief and PM. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Monday rejected New Delhi’s claim that Islamabad is violating a bilateral pact by not giving consular access to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court.

Basit, in an interview with Press Trust of India (PTI), said, “As per the bilateral pact on consular access, cases pertaining to political and security issues, will be decided on merit, indicating that consular access cannot be taken for granted.”

The high commissioner also dismissed India’s stand that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, saying that he was caught in Balochistan and has been convicted of espionage.

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He also revealed that Jadhav had travelled to Pakistan for several years and was carrying two Indian passports, including a fake one.

The envoy also hit back on New Delhi’s claim that position that the spy’s trial was ‘farcical and done in a hush-hush manner’, saying that Jadhav was tried in a military court because it was not possible to try him in a civilian court.

Basit also said, “So far decision [Jhadav’s execution] has been taken strictly in accordance with the law of the land and as per the bilateral agreement of 2008 [with India]. We have not breached anything. We are proceeding as per our laws as well as bilateral obligation and commitment.”

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The high commissioner also told PTI, that Jhadav can appeal his sentence, saying, “Jadhav can always go to an appellate court and if the verdict is upheld then he can file a mercy petition to the army chief and prime minister.”

When asked whether his family could meet him, Basit said it was ‘too premature’ to comment on the matter.

To a question about the abduction of the Colonel (retd) Mohammad Habib being abducted by Indian authorities near the Indo-Nepal border, the envoy said Pakistan is in touch with the Nepalese government regarding his whereabouts.

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whatever | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend India is not violating Indus water treaty still Pakistanis were running to WB and US and asking them for meddling. India should go ahead with the proposal of making as much dams as it can.
Shah | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend As usual, too much talk by Hindus-tanis; wasting too much time as time running out for appeal; For sure this Hindu RAW Spy-Terrorist-Killer Yadhav will be hanged... and Hindus-tanis need not worry, we Pakis-tanis will make sure he is given whaat is due to him, and he is properly gift wrapped and sent to Hindus-tan in a decorative box;
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