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Consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav to be decided on basis of merit: Pak

Zakaria said India summoned Pak's Deputy High Commissioner over consular access to Jadhav

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'

has asserted that a decision on India's request for to its Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, would be taken on "the basis of merit".

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said and India have a bilateral agreement on but all cases have to be decided on merit.

"In all such cases...The request of this nature would be decided on the basis of merit," he said at a media briefing on Thursday.

Zakaria said India had summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner over to Jadhav but this was not something new.

It was a reaction to the awarded to Jadhav, he said.

Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale after meeting Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua earlier this week had said that he had asked for consular access to Jadhav for the 14th time.

In response, Pakistan had said in a statement that India, in several cases, had denied consular access to Pakistani prisoners for years.

Separately, army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor had ruled out consular access to Jadhav.

"Under the law, we cannot give consular access to Khubhushan who was involved in spying," Ghafoor had told reporters.

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 21:10 IST
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