India said, Pakistan has failed to respond on the core issues concerning the Kulbhushan Jadhav case which would form the basis of an effective review and reconsideration as ordered by the International Court of Justice. Replying to media query on thursday evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, Pakistan is trying to link the case of Kulbhuashan Jadhav with another prisoner’s case.
He said that in routine consular practice, Shahnawaz Noon was selected by Indian High Commission to appear in the case for release and repatriation of an Indian prisoner, Mohammad Ismail, who has completed his sentence but continues to be in jail in Pakistan. He added that during proceedings of the case regarding Ismail, Pakistan Attorney General raised the matter pertaining to Jadhav though the two cases are not connected in any way.
The spokesperson said, Mr Noon is reported to have made those statements which are not true and are in contravention of India’s stand in the case. He said, Mr Noon appears to have acted under pressure from the Pakistani establishment to make such statements for which he has no authorisation.
He said Mr Noon has misrepresented the position of the High Commission. He stressed that Shahnawaz Noon was clearly told by the High Commission that he had no authority to represent either the Indian government or Kulbhushan Jadhav. The spokesperson said India Mission in Islamabad has written to Mr. Noon reiterating that he has no authority to represent Jadhav and has no basis to suggest that the Indian chargé d’affaires would appear in the court.