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Pakistan has asserted that a decision on India's request for consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, would be taken on "the basis of 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 consular access to Jadhav but this was not something new.
It was a reaction to the death sentence awarded to Jadhav, he said.
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.