Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Aisha Farooqui confirmed the situation and said Pakistan had proposed consular access this time without the presence of a guard. However, according to the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA), consular officials left after protesting that access did not allow free conversation, as agreed with Pakistan a few days earlier. On Wednesday, India and Pakistan agreed to fight terrorism together and signed an agreement on consular access to prisoners in the other country`s countries. INDIA AND PAKISTAN advanced their first arguments on Monday on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), but a bilateral consular access agreement between the two countries in 2008 could be the key to this complex legal issue. Article 6 of 21 The «Consular Access Convention» signed in Islamabad on 21 May 2008 states in paragraph 6 of the «Consular Access Convention», signed on 21 May 2008 by the then High Commissioners of Pakistan Shahid Malik and Satyabrata Pal of India: «In the event of arrest, detention or conviction for political or security reasons, each party can consider the merits of the case.» «Two consular officers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had unhindered and uninterrupted access to Commander Jadhav after 1500 hours,» Pakistan`s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Asked whether an ICJ ruling would open the door to a stronger third-party intervention, which has so far hated India, Luthra said: «The door has always been open. The scope of international treaties at the ICC does not create new access, but merely indicates an internationalization of human rights issues, which can go both ways. At a briefing on 27 April, Nafees Zakaria, a spokesman for Pakistan`s Foreign Ministry, suggested that his government had a preference for the 2008 bilateral agreement. ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India said on Thursday that its diplomats had protested and left a meeting arranged by Pakistan in Islamabad with an Indian sentenced to death for espionage. The term «political or security reasons» is critical because it refers to what is commonly referred to as «spies.» Essentially, the agreement frees spies from obtaining the same privileges that signatories to the Vienna Convention (such as India and Pakistan) must grant the citizens of the other in prison.
Under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention, consular officials are «free to communicate with nationals of the State of origin» (the country whose nationality is in prison), «the right to visit a national of the State of origin who is in prison» and «the host state (the country in which the national is detained) immediately informs the consular representation of the State of origin (whether a national of that state is arrested or in prison) «. The agreement was reached after Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee met with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and completed a review of the fourth round of the dialogue process between the two countries.