Pak officials next to him, Jadhav repeats Pak's line

The Chargé d'affaires of India in Pakistan Gaurav Ahluwalia met Monday with the Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan after the government accepted the consular access offer from Islamabad. However, at first glance, the meeting proved to be of little use with a visibly harassed Jadhav, as MEA said in a statement, referring to a false narrative to reinforce Pakistan's unsustainable claims.

This was Jadhav's first meeting with any Indian government official after his arrest in March 2016.

As in his meeting with his mother and his wife in 2017, Jadhav's statements seemed instructed and were intended to reinforce Pakistan's narrative that he was an Indian navy officer on duty to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan. . The meeting took place in the presence of Pakistani officials and was also recorded. However, both sides seemed contained in their subsequent statements, perhaps seeking to avoid the ugly dispute witnessed after Jadhav's meeting with his family.

India had previously told Pakistan in a Verbal note , as reported by ToI on August 4, that he wanted Islamabad not to provide consular access to Jadhav before his trial was `` remedied '' in the form of `` private '' access. India saw access only in private as the fulfillment of the mandate of the ICJ ruling that declared Pakistan guilty of violating Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying consular access to Jadhav.

`` While we waited for a comprehensive report, it was clear that Shri Jadhav seemed to be under extreme pressure to repeat a false narrative to reinforce Pakistan's unsustainable claims. We will decide on an additional course of action after receiving a detailed report from our Cd’A and determining the degree of compliance with the ICJ directives, said MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar also spoke with Jadhav's mother and informed him about the events on Monday.

The meeting took place in a sub-prison on the outskirts of Islamabad, starting at 1200 hours, and lasted about 2 hours. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said that, at the request of India, there were no restrictions on the language used for communication. Pakistan had prevented Jadhav's wife from speaking with him in Marathi in 2017. Pakistan also claimed that it had provided India with consular access `` unobstructed and uninterrupted '' to Jadhav.

The government said consular access was part of Pakistan's binding obligations, as mandated by the ICJ, to ensure an effective review and reconsideration of the sentence and sentence granted to Jadhav through an absurd process.

`` The government remains committed to continue working to ensure that Sri Jadhav receives justice as soon as possible and returns safely to India, '' Kumar said.

When asked why India had accepted Pakistan's `` offer '' after having previously rejected it due to the conditions imposed by Islamabad, sources said the meeting was also important in assessing the health and well-being of Jadhav. India clearly does not see Monday's meeting as exceptional with officials suggesting that India could reapply for access.

Pakistan said the meeting was recorded to ensure `` transparency '' and that it was `` in line with standard operating procedures. '' In its first consular access offer, which India rejected, Pakistan cited prison manuals to deny India permission to speak with Jadhav privately. However, India responded by saying that the jail manuals only refer to regular consular access and not to corrective access that the ICJ ruling had requested.

India had asked Pakistan to take into account the peculiar circumstances of Jadhav's case. While acknowledging that, in a normal or normal case, consular access is provided in the presence of officials and the process is recorded, India had asked Pakistan to take into account the particular circumstances of Jadhav's case. Unlike a regular case of consular access, where the defendant's degree of involvement in a crime is still unknown, Jadhav had already been convicted on the basis of a confession extracted from him by Pakistan's military authorities.