Mumbai: India has asked Pakistan to give conditional access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. Pakistan had previously claimed that Jadhav refused to file a review petition, after which India claimed that he was forced to do so.
Last Thursday, India said it was assessing all legal options in the case related to Jadhav, who is facing the death penalty in Pakistan and assured that he is committed to protecting the lives of Indian citizens.
Pakistan had earlier claimed that Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, refused to initiate a review petition for his conviction and sentence.
“We have pointed to Pakistan’s claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav has refused to initiate a reconsideration petition, it is a continuation of the game which has been going on for the last 4 years. We are assessing our legal options and we are committed to protecting the lives of our Indian citizens, ”MEA spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava said during a media briefing.
India sought access to Jadhav to discuss its remedies under the ordinance, which allowed the High Court to review the sentence awarded by Pakistan’s military court.
Jadhav was allegedly “arrested” from Balochistan on 3 March 2016, after allegedly entering into the Pakistani country from Iran after being claimed by Islamabad.
Rejecting Pakistan’s claim, India termed all allegations of Jadhav’s involvement in espionage and subversive activities derogatory and said he was abducted from the Iranian port of Chabahar where he was running a business.