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India forced to approach ICJ after denial of 16 consular-access requests: MEA

SNS | New Delhi |

With the International Court of Justice (ICJ) putting a stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said India was forced to approach the ICJ after 16 requests for consular access were denied by the Pakistan government.

"We had made 16 requests for consular access which were denied, we don't know the status of petition filed by Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother," MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

He said the government was forced to approach the ICJ for ensuring justice. The MEA spokesperson said India had no information either regarding Jadhav’s health or whereabouts.

"Visas applied by family members to visit Jadhav in Pakistan to pursue the matter have not been granted so far," he said.

Jadhav, who was arrested in March last year by Pakistan, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, triggering tension between India and Pakistan.

(With inputs from agencies)