Amidst fears that Pakistan can hang Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav even before International Court of Justice (ICJ) pronounces its verdict in his case, former German ambassador to Pakistan, Gunter Mulack has said that Islamabad would add fuel to the fire by doing so. The former ambassador said this during an interview with Mail Today.
Last year, Mulack was one of the first high-profile international diplomats who exposed Pakistan’s lies vis-a-vis Kulbhushan Jadhav. According to Pakistan government, Jadhav, a former Indian Navy official-turned-businessman, was arrested on spying charges in Balochistan region of the country on March 3 last year. He was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court last month on the basis of an alleged confession of the Indian citizen, which is also available in the form of a doctored tape.
Following India’s appeal to the ICJ to stay the hanging of Jadhav in Pakistan, the international court on Monday heard arguments of both sides and it is yet to pronounce a verdict.
In its appeal to the ICJ, India asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was doing business after he retired from the Indian Navy. Mulack had also said this last year during a seminar in Karachi last year. He said it was heard that “Jadhav was abducted by the Taliban in Iran and then sold to Pakistan’s ISI”. According to what Mulack had gathered from the locals, Jadhav was working in Chabahar in Iran and he was abducted by Taliban along the Iran-Pakistan border before being sold to the ISI.
Mulack told Mail Today, “It is not uncommon for this to happen in the border areas. But this was what locals told me. It was not what German intelligence had picked up.” As per international norms set up by the Vienna Convention, Pakistan should have given India the consular access to Jadhav, but the former denied it on 16 occasions.
Mulack suggested that the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan should start a dialogue on this matter to prevent the hanging of Jadhav.
At the ICJ on Monday, India demanded the immediate suspension of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, while expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was over.
“Jadhav has not got the right to get proper legal assistance and the right to consular access. There is an immediate threat to him to be executed even before a decision is passed,” joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Deepak Mittal told the court in opening remarks.
In its response, Pakistan told the court that Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a “spy” involved in terror activities.
(With PTI inputs)