India today demanded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying.
Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit on Monday rejected Indian claims about Pakistan violating a bilateral pact by not allowing India the consular access to its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage and sabotage activities, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
Janjua told Bambawale that "Jadhav was a serving Indian naval officer who was involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan and thus would not be given access".
"Pakistan was also requested to facilitate visas for Jadhav's mother and father".
India has sought consular access 15 times but Pakistan has denied this every time. They have applied for necessary visas with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, the sources added.
Bambawale told the Pakistani foreign secretary that Jadhav's mother had expressed a desire to meet him.
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- Mercy petition to the Chief of Army Staff within 60 days of the decision by the appellate court.
However, India pointed out that Pakistan should have conveyed these options to India through diplomatic channels, rather than disseminating them through the media.
"This was purely an act by the Army to which the Army as an institution said we will not compromise on his sentence", he said.
During his previous meeting with Januja - on April 14 - Bambawale had asked for the list of charges and authentic copy of verdict of military tribunal against Jadhav to launch an appeal against his conviction. This is allowed under worldwide law, national law and as a mark of humanity. A few weeks later, the army released his recorded confessional statement in which he admitted that he was working for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's primary foreign intelligence agency, to stoke unrest and instability in Pakistan.
Jadhav was given death sentence by the Field General Court Martial earlier this month, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the "pre-meditated murder" was carried out.