ISLAMABAD : Pakistan on Wednesday said it was examining the Indian request of giving `consular access’ to the apprehended RAW officer Kulbushan Jadev.
“We took up this issue with India, who has accepted that he (Kulbushan Jadev) is an Indian citizen. India has sought consular access and the matter is being examined,” said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in response to a question at a news briefing here at the Foreign Office.
Chaudhry, who visited New Delhi on Tuesday to attend the Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia -Istanbul Process, said on the sidelines he also met his Indian counterpart Dr. S. Jaishankar and discussed bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern in a cordial environment.
Chaudhry had said he conveyed to the Indian side Pakistan’s deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Karachi and Balochistan towards.
“Unfortunately, such acts undermine efforts to normalize relations between the two countries,” he remarked.
To a question, the foreign secretary rejected the reported Indian assertion that Jadev had been kidnapped, adding, “Jadev was arrested by the concerned authorities and it was also conveyed to India.”
He said the issue was also taken up with the Iranian government, “and we hope that being our friend, Iran will take action on it”.
He underscored the need for a structured, sustained and result-oriented comprehensive dialogue process between Pakistan and India.
During the meeting, the foreign secretary said, he highlighted Pakistan’s commitment to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
“I emphasized that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remained the core issue and it was vital to find a just solution to this longstanding issue, as per the UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.”-APP