New Delhi had on Saturday sought consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav – the self-confessed Indian spy sentenced to death for fomenting terrorism in Pakistan – as both sides exchanged lists of prisoners in each other’s custody. The lists were exchanged through diplomatic channels in line with the Consular Access Agreement between the two countries.
Rejecting Indian external affairs ministry’s statement on Jadhav, the FO spokesperson said Pakistan is abiding by the agreement. Including Jadhav in the list of civil prisoners is tantamount to denying facts, he said, adding that RAW sent the spy to Pakistan for fomenting terrorism and he has confessed to that as well.
Talking about the release of prisoners, the FO said that Pakistan released five Indian prisoners on June 22 after they completed their sentences. On the other hand, the spokesperson said, 20 Pakistani prisoners are still languishing in Indian jails despite the completion of their sentences. He added that India denied access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilians in Indian jails.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily