Pakistan granted India consular access to Jadhav says Khawaja Muhammad Asif

Vastavam web: Pakistan has granted India consular access to Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav by allowing the presence of an Indian diplomat during the meeting with his family, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told a Pakistani media channel.Asif, last night, told Geo News that Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh accompanying Jadhav’s wife and mother, who arrived here today, could be considered “consular access”.However, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal today said that India was not given consular access to Jadhav.

Faisal told media that “presence of an official of Indian High Commission in the meeting was not consular access” as he would only see the meeting taking place.In India, officials downplayed the comments by the Pakistani minister, maintaining that the Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav’s family and it cannot be construed as “consular access”.They would be immediately travelling back to India via Oman. They will travel to Muscat on Oman Air and then will board Air India flight to New Delhi.

Stringent security measures have been taken and additional police and paramilitary troops deployed around the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.