ISLAMABAD: Pakistan dismissed India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jhadav, on Wednesday, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies.
Submitting counter memorial in the ICJ , Pakistan said that since India did not deny Jhadav was travelling with an assumed Muslim name, they have no case to plead. India has sought consular access to Jadhav repeatedly but Pakistan turned down its requests, citing bilateral accord that did not permit such an access to spies.
According to sources, Pakistan has stated that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name.”
“Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered.”
Sources further added that since Jhadav was on active duty, it is obvious that “he was a spy sent on special mission”. Pakistan stated that “a state which does not come with clean hands cannot get any relief”.
“Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states,” Pakistan has stated, adding that “a state which does not come with clean hands cannot get any relief”.
Pakistan will argue that sending Jhadav for espionage, funding terrorist activities are some of the reasons that dis-entitle India from invoking the jurisdiction of the ICJ .
Sources further added that Pakistan will also highlight constant violations of human rights committed by India in occupied-Kashmir including the use of pellet guns.