India on Thursday confirmed that it was in touch with Pakistan to give ‘full’ consular access to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav at the earliest in compliance and conformity with the recent ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR).
“We are in touch with Pakistan through diplomatic channels. We have conveyed our demand for full consular access. We are awaiting a response,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.
He declined to go into details of what was being discussed with Pakistan at this point on consular access to Jadhav, who is on a death row in the neighbouring country on charges of espionage and terrorism.
The VCCR on consular access was a ‘no-brainer’ and the verdict of the Hague-based ICJ too was a public document, he said when asked what was the guarantee that Pakistan would grant consular access to the Indian prisoner.
The ICJ had last week ruled that Pakistan must inform Jadhav about the charges against him and grant India consular access to him. Pakistan has said it would abide by the ICJ verdict in accordance with the law of the land.