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Consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav to be decided on ‘basis of merit’: Pakistan

Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan and India have a bilateral agreement on consular access but all cases have to be decided on merit.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2017 20:19 IST
In this March 29, 2016 photo, journalists look at an image of Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, during a press conference by Pakistan's army spokesman and the Information Minister, in Islamabad.
In this March 29, 2016 photo, journalists look at an image of Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, during a press conference by Pakistan's army spokesman and the Information Minister, in Islamabad.(AP Photo)

Pakistan has asserted that a decision on India’s request for consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, would be taken on “the basis of merit”.

Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan and India have a bilateral agreement on consular access but all cases have to be decided on merit.

“In all such cases...the request of this nature would be decided on the basis of merit,” he said at a media briefing on Thursday.

Zakaria said India had summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner over consular access to Jadhav but this was not something new. It was a reaction after the death sentence awarded to Jadhav, he said.

Indian high commissioner Gautam Bambawale, after meeting Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua earlier this week, had said that he had asked for consular access to Jadhav for the 14th time.

In response, Pakistan had said in a statement that India, in several cases, had denied consular access to Pakistani prisoners for years.

Meanwhile, army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor had ruled out consular access to Jadhav.

“Under the law we cannot give consular access to Khubhushan who was involved in spying,” Ghafoor had told reporters.