India will continue to seek justice for Jadhav in ICJ

India will continue to seek justice for Jadhav in ICJ

India will continue to seek justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav even as Pakistan on Monday called him the "face of terrorism" that New Delhi sponsored in the neighbouring country.

Though Jadhav's wife and mother were on Monday allowed to meet him in its foreign office in Islamabad, New Delhi will continue to pursue the case it lodged against Pakistan government in International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May this year.

Sources in New Delhi said that India remained firm on its position that the military court in Pakistan had awarded death sentence to former Indian Navy officer through "a farcical process" for "concocted charges".

J P Singh, India's Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, accompanied wife and mother of Jadhav to the foreign office of Pakistan government on Monday.

He, however, could not talk to Jadhav or listen to the conversation he had with his mother and wife. He could only see the meeting through glass panels.

Both Islamabad and New Delhi made it clear that Singh's presence at the venue of the meeting could not be termed as Pakistan granting India consular access to Jadhav.

Islamabad has conveyed to the ICJ  , which is based in The Hague, that it would not grant New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.The ICJ is likely to start hearing on India's plea early next year.

The ICJ had given India time till September 13 to file "memorial" or initial pleadings on its plaint against Pakistan for violation of 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations in the case of Jadhav. Pakistan was also been given time till December 13 to respond to the memorial submitted by India, the ICJ stated in a press-release issued on Friday.

The hearing on the case is now set to commence as both sides submitted the memorial and counter memorial before the court.

New Delhi on May 8 moved the ICJ after waiting for 11 days for Islamabad to respond to its latest and the 16th request for granting the High Commission of India in Pakistan "consular access" to Jadhav.

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