Pakistan trying to link Jadhav case with another prisoner: MEA

New Delhi: Pakistan is trying to link the case of Kulbhuashan Jadhav with another prisoner’s case, Ministry of External Affairs said here on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Islamabad High Court was hearing a case related to the writ petition filed by the Indian High Commission regarding Indian nationals who have completed their sentence in Pakistani prisons but have still have not been repatriated, even though their nationality has been identified.
But in a desperate attempt, Pakistan is trying to link this case to Mr Jadhav.
“In a routine consular practice, Shahnawaz Noon was selected by our High Commission to appear in the case for release and repatriation of an Indian prisoner, Mr Mohammad Ismail, who has completed his sentence but continues to be in jail in Pakistan,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said during the virtual weekly press briefing here.
However, during proceedings of the case regarding Mr Ismail, Pakistan Attorney General raised the matter pertaining to Jadhav the two cases are not connected in any way, he said.
“Mr Noon is reported to have made those statements which are not true and are in contravention of our stand in the case,” Mr Srivastava said.
He also said, “He appears to have acted under pressure from the Pakistani establishment to make such statements for which he has no authorisation.”
Mr Noon has misrepresented the position of the High Commission.
He was clearly told by the High Commission that he had no authority to represent either the Government of India or Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Pakistan has failed to respond on the core issues concerning the case including the provision of all documents and an unimpeded unhindered and unconditional consular access of Shri Kulbhusan Jadhav which would form the basis of an effective review and reconsideration as ordered by the International Court of Justice.
“Our Mission in Islamabad has written to Mr Noon reiterating that he has no authority to represent Mr Jadhav and has no basis to suggest that the Indian Cd’A would appear in the court,” Mr Srivastava said.