Pakistan has offered the consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged spy in its custody and invited India to meet at 3.30 PM on August 02,2019. However the proposal came with the rider that the meeting would take place in CCTV and in the presence of a Pakistani officer. Mr Raveesh Kumar,
a spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs of India confirmed the Pakistan’s offer and told the media that “We are evaluating it in the light of the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), we will maintain communication
with Pakistan in this matter through diplomatic channels” and refused to divulge further information on social media.
The decision to
accord consular access to Jadhav comes after (ICJ) on July 18, rebuked Pakistan for violating the Vienna Convention by not granting India consular access to him. The ICJ has also suspended the death penalty awarded to Jadhav by Pakistan military court and
directed Pakistan to review the death penalty awarded to Jadhav. After the ICJ’s verdict, Pakistan had assured that it would comply with the directions of the Court and claimed that it had apprised Jadhav of his rights under Article 36, Paragraph
1(b) of the Vienna Convention.
Jadhav was captured by Pakistan in March 2016 and was accused of terrorism and espionage. He was tried in a military court and was sentenced
to death in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May 2017 challenging the Pakistani military court judgment.