We hope Pakistan will follow International law: Gopal Baglay, spokesperson, MEA
Answering questions at a media conference on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Gopal Baglay expressed hope that Pakistan will follow the international court's order.
"The ICJ order clearly says that is binding internationally and legally. India is a law abiding country, we follow international law. We believe that an internationally binding law will be followed. At this point, we can't speculate.
When asked about the visas for Jadhav's parents, the ministry said that it has not received any updates on the same from Pakistan.
Baglay, however, refused to comment on the future course of action if Pakistan refuses to follow the ICJ order. "This matter is subjudice. As to what course the matter will take, it's best not to go into it at the moment. The court has clearly said that till a final decision comes in the matter, it has told Pakistan what it needs to do and what not do," he added.
The MEA also expressed the ministry's willingness to talk parallelly with Pakistan on the case. "We have already demanded consular access. Our case is that according to Vienna convention, Pakistan should allow consular access to Jadhav. Even the ICJ president said that there's a dispute between the two parties," he said.
Baglay also said that there's no clarity as to whether or not Jadhav has filed an appeal, the date for which expires on 19 May. "Even the ICJ is not aware of it. We do not have any information and no official information has been given to us. What we know is that Jadhav's mother has sent an application to Pakistan."