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Pakistan tries to link the Jadhav affair with the case of another Indian: MEA | India News


NEW DELHI: India on Thursday criticized Pakistan for trying to link the Kulbhushan Jadhav case to another case involving an Indian, who has served his sentence but remains in jail and awaits repatriation.
After Pakistani media reports claimed that Indian High Commissioner’s lawyer Shahnawaz Noon had told Islamabad High Court that Deputy Indian High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia wants to explain India’s position on the appointment of a lawyer for death row prisoner Jadhav, New Delhi said. Noon had made the comments without authorization and appears to have acted under pressure from the Pakistani establishment.
At a press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said: “Pakistan is trying to link the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav with the case of another prisoner.”
Giving background to the other case, Srivastava said in a routine consular practice, Noon was selected by the Indian High Commissioner to appear in the case for the release and repatriation of Indian prisoner Mohammad Ismail, who has served his sentence but remains in jail. in Pakistan.
“However, during the Ismail case proceedings, the Pakistani attorney general raised the matter related to Jadhav, although the two cases are not related in any way,” he said.
“It is reported that Mr. Noon made those statements which are not true and contravene our position in the case. He appears to have acted under pressure from the Pakistani establishment to make such statements for which he is not authorized,” Srivastava said.
Noon has misrepresented the position of the Indian High Commission, he said.
Srivastava said that the Indian High Commission clearly told Noon that it had no authority to represent either the Indian government or Jadhav.
“Our Mission in Islamabad has written to Mr. Noon reiterating that it has no authority to represent Mr. Jadhav and has no basis to suggest that the Indian Cd’A would appear in court,” said Srivastava.
“Regarding our position on Jadhav, I have clarified this in several cases in the past, Pakistan has not responded on fundamental issues related to the case, including the provision of all documents, providing unimpeded, unimpeded and unconditional consular access to Jadhav and this “It is required to serve as the basis for an effective review and reconsideration of the case as ordered by the ICJ,” he said.
In 2017, India appealed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav and defying the death sentence imposed by a military court.
The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan should undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of Jadhav’s conviction and sentence and also grant consular access to India without further delay.
India has criticized Pakistan for taking an “absurd” approach in denying Jadhav the legal remedies available to Jadhav against his death sentence in contravention of the ICJ order.
Jadhav, a retired officer in the Indian Navy, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.
When asked about reports that Pakistan has submitted approval for the appointment of Suresh Kumar as India’s new Charge d’Affaires (CDA) at his mission in Islamabad, Srivstava said that the appointment process is still ongoing.
To another question about the Azad Pattan hydroelectric project on the Jhelum river in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), he said: “We have seen media reports on the conclusion of agreements related to this project that you mention, this is Azad Pattan hydroelectric project “.
“We have consistently conveyed our strong protest to Pakistan for its attempts to bring material change to the Indian territories under its illegal and forced occupation, including through the construction of hydroelectric projects like this one,” said Srivastava.
India’s position is consistent and clear that all Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are and will remain integral and inalienable parts of India, he stated.
When asked about the recent visit by Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe to Pakistan and the discussion about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects passing through PoK, Srivastava said that he would not like to comment on the visit, but added that India’s position on CPEC projects is clear and both countries know it.
“The CPEC projects violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and in the past we have protested and expressed concern with both countries,” he said.

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