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Pakistan Rejects Consular Access To Jadhav For The 18th Time

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| July 2 , 2017 , 18:12 IST

Pakistan on Sunday rejected India's demand to grant consular access to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav for the eighteenth time.  

As the two countries exchanged lists of prisoners in each other's jails on Saturday, India had once again requested consular access to former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who had been awarded death sentence in April this year.

In a statement issued in Islamabad, Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakariya said that Jadhav's case could not be equated with that of civilian prisoners.

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“Commander Jadhav is a serving Indian Naval officer and sent to Pakistan by RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in a loss of many innocent lives and damage to property,” he said in the statement.

Zakariya alleged that India deliberately delayed the release of civilian Pakistani prisoners. He also blamed India for delaying the release of juvenile Pakistani prisoners Babar Ali and Ali Raza for almost a year, despite their being released by Indian courts.

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“Five Indian prisoners who completed their sentence were repatriated on June 22. In contrast 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentences still await their repatriation while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 Pakistani civilians is also pending,” Zakariya said in the statement.

The spokesman said that Pakistan has implemented the 2008 bilateral agreement on consular access in full letter and spirit and now expects India to reciprocate.