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Kashmir is our jugular vein will go to any length to protect it’ says Pakistan Army amid tension

The statement said that at India's request, there was no restriction on the language of communication and the access was recorded, which continued for two hours. However, the meeting, which was scheduled for 3pm (Pakistan time) on August 2, did not materialise amid differences between Pakistan and India on the terms of the consular access to Jadhav.

"We will decide a further course of action after receiving a detailed report from our Cd'A and determining the extent of conformity to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) directives", said Kumar after the meeting, which took place at a sub-jail.

The meeting came as Pakistan yesterday provided Jadhav an "un-impeded, uninterrupted and recorded" consular access in line with the worldwide legal norms and commitments.

Hundreds of women under heavy rain were seen carrying banners and placards, engraved with slogans like: "I stand with Kashmir", "India quit Kashmir", "save Kashmir" and "Kashmir will become Pakistan". He added that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to Jadhav's mother and briefed her of the meeting's development.

It is learned that the Indian government has shortlisted names of some Pakistani lawyers to plead Jadhav's case. "This meeting was held in the light of unanimous judgement of the International Court of Justice delivered on 17 July 2019, which found Pakistan in egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 on many counts and ordered Pakistan to provide Indian consular officers access to Jadhav". He was convicted of planning espionage and sabotage and sentenced to death by a military court. New Delhi insists he was taken captive in Iran before being moved to Pakistan and then forced to confess.

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But officials insisted that the two issues were not interlinked and that Pakistan, following the ICJ decision, was under obligation to provide consular access.

Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two union territories.

There is no change in Pakistan's nuclear policy, the Foreign Office has said, hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed that his country will never ever start a war with India, amid escalating tensions between the nuclear powers over the Kashmir issue.

According to Geo News, the Pakistan Ministry of Commerce granted permission for the import of medicines from India and also issued a statutory regulatory order for the same.

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