EAM Jaishankar's stern message to Pakistan: Release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav

New Delhi, July 18: The message was stern and strict. "We call upon Pakistan to release Jadhav," says Foreign minister S Jaishankar in the Rajya Sabha on the ICJ ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav.

  "The International Court of Justice (ICJ) by a vote of 15-1 upheld India's claim that Pakistan is in violation of Vienna Convention on several counts. The ICJ has directed that Pakistan is under an obligation to inform Jadhav without further delay of his rights and to provide Indian consular officers access to him in accordance with the Vienna Convention."We once again call upon Pakistan to release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav.  "In 2017, the govt made a commitment on the floor of the House to undertake all steps necessary to protect interest and welfare of Shri Jadhav."The govt has made untiring efforts in seeking his release including through legal means in ICJ."Jadhav's family has shown exemplary courage in difficult circumstances. I can assure the govt will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure his safety and well being, as well as his early return to India."