Iran has sought access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was falsely implicated on spying charges by Pakistan and awarded death sentence by a military court of the country, reports India Today.
Iran’s move comes a day after the International Court of Justice stayed Jadhav’s execution by Pakistan. It should be recalled that Jadhav, a retired Navy official-turned businessman, was kidnapped from Iran reportedly by a Pakistani terror group and sold to ISI. In past, Iran has maintained that Jadhav could not be a spy.
The ICJ order came a day after India approached it against the death sentence handed down to Jadhav by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial in April, PTI reported official sources as saying.
In its appeal to the ICJ, India had said: “Mr Jadhav was “kidnapped from Iran, where he was carrying on business after retiring from the Indian Navy, and was then shown to have been arrested in Baluchistan” on 3 March 2016. Indian authorities were notified of that arrest on 25 March 2016. India had sought consular access to Jadhav on 25 March 2016 and repeatedly thereafter.
India said that on 23 January 2017, Pakistan had requested assistance in the investigation of Jadhav’s alleged “involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan” and, by a Note Verbale of 21 March 2017, Islamabad told India that “consular access [to Jadhav would] be considered in the light of the Indian side’s response to Pakistan’s request for assistance in [the] investigation process”. India further said that “linking assistance to the investigation process to the grant[ing] of consular access was by itself a serious violation of the Vienna Convention”.
“Referring to ‘the extreme gravity and immediacy of the threat that authorities in Pakistan will execute an Indian citizen in violation of obligations Pakistan owes to India’, India urges the Court to deliver an order indicating provisional measures immediately, ‘without waiting for an oral hearing’,” India’s appeal said.
Sushma Swaraj tweeted, “I have spoken to the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav and told her about the order of President, ICJ under Art 74 Paragraph 4 of Rules of Court.”
“Mr Harish Salve, Senior Advocate is representing India before International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case,” she tweeted.