Delay in consular access to Jadhav irks India

Delay in consular access to Jadhav irks India

India on Wednesday asked Pakistan to facilitate the visit of the members of the family of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to the neighbouring country to meet him.

Syed Haidar Shah, Islamabad's deputy envoy to New Delhi, was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs’ headquarters, where senior diplomats conveyed to him India’s displeasure over Pakistan’s delay in granting consular access to Jadhav.

They also conveyed to him New Delhi's request for facilitating the visit of the members of Jadhav's family to Pakistan so that they could meet the former Indian Navy officer, who is being held in an undisclosed location in Pakistan.

Jadhav, who hails from Maharashtra in India, has of late been put on death row after a military court in Pakistan convicted him of being involved in ‘sabotage and espionage’ in the neighbouring country.

Shah, the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi, was also asked to share with Government of India the medical certificates detailing the health conditions of Jadhav, sources told the DH.

Senior diplomats also conveyed to Shah New Delhi's concerns as Islamabad so far shared no information on whereabouts and physical conditions of Jadhav.

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