Pakistan allows consular access to convicted Indian spy after world court ruling

Pakistan allows consular access to convicted Indian spy after world court ruling
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings in the Jadhav case (India v. Pakistan) from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 February 2019, at the Peace Palace in The Hague. (AP/file)
Updated 19 July 2019

Pakistan allows consular access to convicted Indian spy after world court ruling

Pakistan allows consular access to convicted Indian spy after world court ruling
  • Argues that treaty with India did not oblige it to allow diplomatic assistance to suspects of espionage and terrorism
  • Pakistani officials considered the ruling a favorable outcome overall

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has ordered consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian naval commander condemned to death for spying, following a decision this week by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The United Nations court ruled on Wednesday in the Hague that Pakistan should undertake an “effective review” of the case, adding that a “continued stay of execution” was needed for that to happen.
“As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws for which modalities are being worked out,” the government said in a statement late on Thursday.
Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, the site of a long-running conflict between security forces and separatists. He was convicted of planning espionage and sabotage and sentenced to death.
Pakistan argued that a treaty between the neighbors did not oblige it to allow diplomatic assistance for those suspected of being spies or terrorists.
Pakistani officials considered the ruling a favorable outcome overall, as the court did not order the acquittal and release of Jadhav.