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On one side, in light of the International Court of Justice’s decision, Pakistan granted India unimpeded and uninterrupted consular access to convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav on Monday. On August 1, Pakistan had made a formal offer to India for granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. Pakistan’s offer came in the light of the International Court of Justice’s verdict on July 17, in which India was allowed to have consular access to Jadhav

Gaurav Ahluwalia, Charge d’ Affairs of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, availed consular Access which was provided in line with Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, ICJ verdict and the laws of Pakistan. The consular access lasted for two hours as officials of the Government of Pakistan were present during the meeting.

But on the other hand, routine life remains paralyzed in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) as curfew and strict communication blockade entered 29th day on Monday. The valley remains cut off from the rest of the world since August 05 due to continued blockade and suspension of internet, mobile and landline services and closing of TV channels.

The curfew and communication blackout continues in the Kashmir valley on the 29th consecutive day, today, where people are facing acute shortage of essential commodities including baby food and life-saving medicines. The occupying forces have martyred 16 Kashmiris in the month of August and injured 467 with air-gun.

Over 10,000 arrested have been booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act since the repeal of the special status of territory by the Indian government on 5th August. Those detained under PSA include Hurriyat leaders, political workers, traders, lawyers, social activists, and youth. Meanwhile, after getting a number of Twitter accounts blocked, the Indian agencies are scanning over 3,500 Facebook and Whatsapp pages.

 

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