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Pakistan to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

The Pakistan Foreign Ministry, in a statement on Thursday, said, pursuant to the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Jadhav has been informed of his rights as per the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. 

Meanwhile, India has called upon Pakistan to release and repatriate its national Kulbhushan Jadhav following the ICJ judgment. 

Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar asserted that Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him and his forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality.

In April 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism following which India had moved the ICJ, seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies.

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