Indian External Affairs Minister’s statement in the Parliament regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav


With your kind permission I rise to apprise the house of certain important development that have taken place pertaining to Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian citizen held in the illegal custody of Pakistan. The House will recall that Shri Jadhav was awarded a death sentence by a Pakistani Military Court on fabricated charges. This was done without providing Indian representatives consular access to him as envisaged by international law and diplomatic practice. We made it clear even at that time that India would view very seriously the possibility that an innocent Indian citizen could face death sentence in Pakistan without due process and in violation of basic norms of law and justice. To ensure Shri Jadhav’s wellbeing and safety and to secure his relief,the House is aware that we approached the International Court of Justice to seek appropriate relief. That body stayed the execution of the death sentence as a provisional measure. The matter was thereafter taken up in the ICJ for more permanent relief.....................

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