Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Naval officer sentenced to death in Pakistan, was forced to giving a statement acknowledging himself a spy, which was circulated by Islamabad, the foreign ministry said today. The 49-year-old, on death row since April 2017, was allowed to meet an Indian diplomat for the first time today - weeks after the International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan to allow consular access.
A formal report on the two-hour meeting between Mr Jadhav and Indian Charge d' Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia is yet to come, foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in response to media queries. But he said it was "clear that Shri Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan's untenable claims".
Mr Kumar said Islamabad allowed the meeting after the International court's unanimous judgment on July 17 that "found Pakistan in egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 on many counts. It was "part of the binding obligations of Pakistan", he said.
The ministry, Mr Kumar added, would decide on a further course of action after receiving a detailed report from the official and determining the extent of conformity to the directives of the International Court of Justice.
Pakistan said it would grant consular access to an alleged Indian spy on death row Monday, weeks after the International Court of Justice called for a review of his sentence in a case that has stoked tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.
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