Islamabad denies discussing Jadhav case during meeting of its envoy with Sushma

ANI | Updated: Oct 22, 2017 14:04 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], October 22 (ANI): Pakistan has refuted reports that India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her introductory meeting with the Pakistani envoy to India had called for Islamabad to review its position in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the Dawn reported.

Dubbing the media reports with respect to the meeting held earlier this week as 'speculative', Pakistan's Foreign Office stated, "During this interaction, no specific case came under discussion. Therefore, the reports appearing in the Indian media are speculative."

Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of terrorism and spying for India's intelligence agency- the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

On April 10, 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan.

On May 18, 2017, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the hanging, after India approached it against the death sentence.

Pakistan's new high commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood had a meeting with Sushma Swaraj on October 17.

Islamabad branded the meeting between the minister and newly-posted envoy as "customary", by stating that "Mr. Sohail Mahmood has recently assumed office as Pakistan's new High Commissioner to India. It is customary for the newly-posted envoys to make courtesy calls on local dignitaries."

Pakistan envoy Mahmood and EAM Swaraj took stock of the current state of Pakistan-India relations and deliberated upon the broad contours of bilateral relations. (ANI)