NEW DELHI: Indian officials were on Thursday granted second consular access to
by Pakistan, days after
claimed that he has refused to file an appeal in a court here against his conviction by a military court.
The first consular access was provided by Pakistan on September 2, 2019, the
said in a statement.
India had earlier asked Pakistan to give unconditional access to Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan.
“Two consular officers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were provided unimpeded and uninterrupted consular access to Commander
at 1500 hours,” the FO said in the statement.
It also recalled that the mother and wife of
were allowed to meet him on December 25, 2017.
“Pakistan remains committed to fully implementing the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s judgment of 17 July 2019. It is hoped that India will cooperate with the Pakistan court in giving full effect to the said judgement,” the statement said.
Last week, Pakistan had claimed that Jadhav had refused to file a review plea. However, India had said that he had been coerced into doing that.
In early 2017, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to death. In May 2017, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed his execution and he has since been on death row in Pakistan.
India had last Thursday said it is assessing all legal options in the case related to Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav and assured that it is committed to protecting the life of Indian nationals.
“We had pointed out how Pakistan’s claim that Kulbushan Jadhav has refused to initiate a review petition, is a continuation of the farce playing out for the last 4 years. We are assessing our legal options and we remain committed to protecting the life of our Indian nationals,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had said during a media briefing.
India had also dismissed Pakistan’s claims that Jadhav has refused to file an appeal in the Islamabad High Court against his conviction and stated that the Indian national was coerced by Islamabad to forego his rights to seek implementation of the judgment of the ICJ.
India sought unimpeded access to Jadhav to discuss his remedies under the Ordinance that allowed