The “rhetoric” in the Indian Parliament on the sentencing of Kulbhushan Jadhav was “un-warranted,” said Pakistan, alleging that it is fueling hatred against them. Pakistan refused India’s request for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Pakistan foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua said Indian high commissioner Gautam Bambawale that the hatred against Islamabad was not “conducive” for endorsing friendly bilateral ties.
Pakistan’s top diplomat was referring to Indian government’s remark in Parliament that if Pakistan executes the hanging of Jadhav, it would be seen as “premeditated murder”.
For the 14th time, Pakistan refused the Indian request for consular access to Jadhav. Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a military court for subversive activities and conducting war against Pakistan.
“We demanded a meeting (with Jadhav), but they denied,” said Bambawale later to reporters.
India had not given consular access to Pakistanis in Indian years regardless of repetitive requests and follow-up by the Pakistan High Commission, Janjua told Bambawale.
Pakistan’s foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz said earlier that consular access cannot be provided in “espionage cases”.