Islamabad, Dec 20: Pakistan on Wednesday issued visas to the family of Kulbushan Jadhav .
The Foreign Office had earlier said Pakistan decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan “purely on humanitarian grounds”. “A Note Verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad,” said the statement.
It said: “Commander Kulbushan Jhadav alias Hussain Mubarak Patel, a serving commander of the Indian Navy, working with Indian intelligence agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) and was apprehended by Pakistan law enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016, after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan. He confessed before a magistrate and the court that he was tasked by the RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities aimed at destabilising and waging war against Pakistan.”
Pakistan has been refusing consular access to the convict and has also conveyed its decision to the International Court of Justice – hearing the Jadhav case.
In a letter to the ICJ , Pakistan invited the United Nations court’s attention towards Jadhav’s role in terror acts across Pakistan that resulted in scores of deaths in the past.
Already Pakistan has asked India not to equate Jadhav with civilian prisoners and fishermen. In July too, Pakistan had rejected New Delhi’s plea to allow consular access to the spy.
The foreign ministry had then said counting Jadhav in the list of civil prisoners and fishermen was a ‘travesty of logic’.
New Delhi had twice sought consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav –sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for fomenting terrorism in Pakistan . Both the times, Pakistan rejected the requests. India later challenged Jadhav’s conviction in the ICJ .
Pakistan has also challenged the jurisdiction of ICJ regarding the conviction of Jadhav after the court observed that turning down the request for consular access was a denial of right.
Presenting Pakistani stance, Director General of South Asia in Foreign Office Dr Muhammad Faisal had told the ICJ in May that under the Vienna Convention, hearing of criminal cases do not fall under the purview of the international court.
Dr Faisal said the spies did not have any right of counselor access and India did not produce evidence provided by Pakistan against Jadhav in the court. In May, the United Nations top court ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of Jadhav .