Pakistan trying to link Jadhav case with another prisoner: MEA
Pakistan has failed to respond to core issues including provision of all documents, providing unimpeded, unhindered and unconditional consular access to Jadhav
India has slammed Pakistan for trying to link the Kulbhushan Jadhav case with another prisoner’s case, who has completed his sentence but is still in jail and awaits repatriation.
“Pakistan is trying to link the case of Kulbhuashan Jadhav with another prisoner’s case. In routine consular practice, Shahnawaz Noon was selected by our High Commission to appear in the case for release and repatriation of an Indian prisoner, Mohammad Ismail, who has completed his sentence but continues to be in jail in Pakistan,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at the weekly media briefing on Thursday.
"However, during proceedings of the case regarding Ismail, Pakistan Attorney General raised the matter of Jadhav, though the two cases are not connected in any way," he said.
Further, the MEA Spokesperson noted that Pakistan authorities have pressurized Noon to make false statements.
"Mr. Noon is reported to have made those statements which are not true and are in contravention of our stand in the case. He appears to have acted under pressure from the Pakistani establishment to make such statements for which he has no authorization," Srivastava said.
Srivastava further said that Noon has misrepresented the position of the Indian High Commission. He was told by the Indian High Commission that he had no authority to represent either the government of India or Jadhav, Srivastava said.
"Our Mission in Islamabad has written to Mr. Noon reiterating that he has no authority to represent Mr. Jadhav and has no basis to suggest that the Indian Cd'A would appear in the court," he said.
In regards to the Jadhav’s case, he reiterated that Pakistan has failed to respond on core issues pertaining to the case including “provision of all documents, providing unimpeded, unhindered and unconditional consular access to Jadhav and this is required to provide the basis for an effective review and reconsideration of the case as ordered by the ICJ," he said.
Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.
India approached the International Court of Justice %