Kulbushan Jadhav meets mother, wife at Pakistan foreign affairs ministry

28 December, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother meet him in Islamabad on Monday. PTI

Jadhav was at the MOFA before the arrival of his family.

"India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day. So what had happened today can not be called a family meeting".

He added that the spy was involved in the attack on Mehran Airbase, the assassination of SSP Chaudhry Aslam and other attacks and bombings in Pakistan.

In India, officials downplayed the comments, maintaining that the Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access".+.

"Jadhav or his family would know what they were going through by "meeting" but in real sense not meeting at the same time".

"We don't consider it to be a meeting". "They were satisfied with the meeting". I will not go into further details. Jadhav's family had applied for visas last week. Pakistan Foreign Office later released pictures of Jadhav talking to his wife and mother from behind a glass screen. "It is a gesture of good faith and compassion", he said. "Jadhav requested that it may be extended a little bit", so it ran to about 40 minutes, the FO spokesperson said.

Pakistan and India are bitter regional rivals that have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

The meeting started at around 1.35pm and lasted about 45 minutes, after which the entire party remerged, and were driven away in a white SUV.

Indian diplomats accompanied Jadhav's family during the meeting.

JP Singh, India's Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, can also be seen standing around the meeting spot.

Foreign Office Director India desk Dr Fariha was also present during the meeting.

He said, "What Pakistan did (allowing Jadhav's mother and wife to meet him) is just a spectacle for the global community", Pawar said. On the basis of confessions, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan.

Islamabad has repeatedly rejected New Delhi's plea for consular access to Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), alleging he was not an ordinary person and had entered the country with intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.

Pakistan's reply came after India submitted a written response to registrar Philippe Couvreur of the ICJ in the same case in September this year.

India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

The case remains sub judice. It was the fist time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March previous year, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Pakistan awarded death sentence to Jadhav on the charges of Espionage and terror in its military court.

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