Indian official meets Kulbhushan Jadhav after Pak grants consular access

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Islamabad: A meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and Indian Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia is currently underway here on Monday after Pakistan formally granted consular access to the Indian national in line with the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

According to The Express Tribune, the venue of the meeting is not known due to the sensitivity attached to the matter.

The meeting comes after India announced that it was accepting the offer of consular access to Jadhav.

India said it hoped Pakistan would ensure “right atmosphere” for the meeting, so that the meeting is “free, fair, meaningful and effective in keeping with the letter and spirit of the ICJ orders”.

On Sunday, Pakistan said it would provide consular access to Jadhav, the second time since its first offer made on August 1.

In a statement New Delhi said: “India has been seeking consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav for the last three years. The matter of denial of consular access was taken to the ICJ by India.

“The court gave a unanimous decision in favour of India. Today, after victory in the ICJ, India will be proceeding for consular access to Jadhav. Indian Charge d’ Affaires, Gaurav Ahluwalia, will be meeting Jadhav.

“We hope that the Pakistan will ensure right atmosphere so that the meeting is free, fair, meaningful and effective in keeping with the letter and spirit of the ICJ orders.”

Published on: Sep 2, 2019 at 13:03 IST

(The headline of the story has been modified by EP Web Desk)

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