NEW DELHI: India on Thursday held a barrage against Pakistan for trying to link the Kulabhushan Jadhav case with another case of Indians, who are still in jail and awaiting repatriation.
Indian High Commission lawyer Shahnawaz Noon told Islamabad High Court that Deputy Indian High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia wants to explain India’s stance on appointing a lawyer for death row inmate Jadhav. Noon had made these statements without any sanction and had bowed to the pressure of the Pakistan establishment.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a press conference that “Pakistan is trying to combine the case of Kulabhushan Jadhav with another prisoner case.”
Given the background to the other case, in Srivastava’s usual consular practice, Noon was chosen by the Indian High Commission to attend the case, to release and return Indian prisoner Mohammed Ismail, who had completed his sentence. In Pakistan.
“However, during the trial of the case relating to Ismail, the Attorney General of Pakistan raised the matter pertaining to Jadhav, but the two cases are not connected in any way,” he said.
“Mr Noon is reported to have made those statements untrue and contradicted our stand in the case. He has no authority to bow to the pressure of the Pakistan establishment and make such statements,” Srivastava said.
Noon said he misrepresented the Indian High Commission position.
Srivastava said the Indian High Commission had explicitly stated that Noon was not entitled to represent the Government of India or Jadhav.
“Our mission in Islamabad reiterates that Mr Noon has no power to represent Mr Jadhav and there is no basis to suggest that he attend the Indian CDAA court,” Srivastava said.
“With regard to our stand on Jadhav, I have clarified this on several occasions in the past. Pakistan has failed to respond to key issues, including providing all documents, unhindered, unconditional, and unconditional consular access to Jadhav. He said.
In 2017 India approached the International Court of Pakistan (ICJ) against Pakistan for refusing consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence given to him by a military court.
The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan should carry out “effective review and reconsideration” of Jadhav’s offense and punishment and grant consular access to India without further delay.
India has accused India of adopting a “satirical” approach in denying the legal remedies available against Jadhav’s death sentence against the ICJ order.
Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism.
Asked about reports that Pakistan had approved the appointment of Suresh Kumar as India’s new Charge d’Affaires (CDA) during its campaign in Islamabad, Srivastava said the recruitment process was still underway.
Another question about the Azad Pattan Hydro Power Project in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) ‘um Jhelum River, “We have seen media reports on the expiration of the contracts for this project, which is the Azad Pattan Hydroelectric Project.”
“We have continuously informed our strong opposition to Pakistan on efforts to bring about physical changes on Indian territories under illegal and forced employment, including by building hydropower projects like this one,” Srivastava said.
He asserted that India’s position is consistent and clear that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral and indelible parts of India.
When discussing China’s defense minister General Wei Feng’s recent visit to Pakistan and the plans for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passing through the POK, Srivastava said he did not want to comment on the visit, but India’s stance on CPEC projects is clear and both countries are aware of it.
“The CPEC projects violate India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and we have protested and expressed concern with both countries in the past,” he said.


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