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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India demands consular access; Pak denies

SNS | New Delhi |

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad on Friday demanding consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav for the 14th time as well as a copy of the chargesheet filed against him.

A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) says that the Indian High Commissioner told Pakistan that India was studying the Pakistan Arms Act under which Jadhav was convicted.

However, Pakistan has maintained that since this is case of espionage, they would not be granting consular access to Jadhav.

Apart from diplomatic options, India is expected to explore other legal remedies within Pakistan's legal system to appeal against the verdict.

Earlier, India had described Pakistani's sentencing of Jadhav a 'premeditated murder' and said that there was no evidence of him being a spy.

Kulbhushan Jadhav was reportedly arrested on 3 March, 2016 in Balochistan's Mashkel area on claims of his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities.