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After India moves ICJ on Kulbhushan Jadhav, Iran seeks access to alleged Indian spy from Pakistan

Quetta: A day after the International Court of Justice suspended the death sentence on Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court, it was revealed on Wednesday that Iran has sent a request to Pakistan to get access to the alleged Indian spy for interrogation.

Notably, Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy but Pakistan claimed to have arrested him from Balochistan on March 03, 2016.

Daily Pakistan has, meanwhile, quoted BBC as saying that Iranian Council General Muhammad Rafi, during a press conference in Quetta, said that no development was made on the request so far, as negotiations are underway.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the ICJ said: “On 8 May 2017, the Republic of India instituted proceedings against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, accusing the latter of egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations’ (hereinafter the Vienna Convention’) in the matter of the detention and trial of an Indian national, Mr. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan.”

Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav worked for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) fuelling the Baloch separatist movement and attempting to sabotage the CPEC project.

A military court sentenced him to death on April 10 on charges of espionage and waging war against Islamabad.

New Delhi had warned that if Jadhav was hanged, it would be considered “premeditated murder” by Islamabad.

Since Jadhav’s alleged arrest in Pakistan in March last year, India sought consular access to him 16 times till this month but Islamabad refused to respond.

(With Agency inputs)

Source: Zee News