Pakistan Says It'll Deny India 2nd Kulbhushan Jadhav Consular Access

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In a major violation to the ICJ's verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Pakistan on Thursday has refused to grant India second consular access to Jadhav

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

In a major violation to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)'s verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Pakistan on Thursday has refused to grant India second consular access to Jadhav, as per sources. Sources report that Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal has said in his weekly press briefing that India will not be granted consular access to Jadhav again. India's Ministry of External Affairs is yet to respond to this development. India was granted its first consular access to Jadhav on September 2.

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