India concerned about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s well-being in Pakistan: MEA

Published on Apr 20 2017 - - India - -

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday said that it is concerned about Kulbhushan Jadhav as it didn’t know anything about Indian national’s location or condition in Pakistan.
“It is a matter of concern for India,” the external affairs ministry said today while informing that it had sought consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav+ for the 15th time.
India has also officially sought from Pakistan details of the trial proceedings against Kulbhushan Jadhav+ as well as the appeal process in the case, the external affairs ministry said.
“India awaits formal response from Pakistan to its two demands – consular access and details of the trial proceedings against Jadhav,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
India also asked Pakistan to show legal proceedings followed during the trial of Jadhav.
“Pakistan claims there have been legal proceedings against Kulbhushan Jadhav, if there have been, we would like to see them,” Baglay said, adding, “We are concerned about his health and whereabouts.”
On Monday, Pakistan’s army has again denied access to Jadhav despite India’s continuous requests.
Jadhav, 46, was awarded death sentence by the Field General Court Martial, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the “pre-meditated murder” was carried out.
“Under the law we cannot give consular access to Khubhushan who was involved in spying,” Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor had told reporters.
Pakistan has denied India’s request for consular access to Jadhav+ over a dozen times in the last one year.Last week, Indian high commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale had met Pakistan foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua and demanded a certified copy of the chargesheet as well as the army court order in the Jadhav case, besides seeking consular access to the retired Indian navy officer.Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. It also claimed that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy.”
The Pakistan army had also released a “confessional video” of Jadhav after his arrest.However, India denied Pakistan’s contention and maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped by the Pakistan authorities.
India had acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he has any connection with the government.

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