PIPFPD welcomes Pakistan's offer to arrange Kulbhushan Jadhav-his wife meeting

Saul Bowman
November 11, 2017

After denying repeated requests from New Delhi for consular access to detained Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Islamabad said on Friday that it has informed the Indian High Commission here that it would allow him to meet his wife.

The decision has been taken "purely on humanitarian grounds" and conveyed to the Indian authorities, the Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a statement.

It is not clear what prompted Islamabad to allow Jhadav's wife to meet him in Pakistan.

There was speculation that the two countries discussed the issue in a recent meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj and the newly-appointed Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi Sohail Mahmood, the daily said.

This comes after Pakistan had repeatedly rejected India's request for consular access to Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April this year on charges of espionage and sabotage. He was sentenced to death by a military court.

The statement also said that the memorial is under consideration by a team of lawyers and experts, led by the Attorney General of Pakistan. However, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stopped Pakistan from carrying out the punishment on May 18. His mother, Avanti Jadhav, had earlier sought a Pakistani visa to challenge the verdict that sent her son to the death row. According to the Pakistani government, Jadhav was working with Indian Intelligence Agency - RAW - when he was arrested.

Pakistan claims to own caught Jadhav from Balochistan province on three March 2016, when he reportedly entered from Islamic Republic of Iran.

The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 so that the court can start further proceedings in the case. On October 11, Pakistan had designated former Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani to the ICJ to be its Judge in Jadhav's case.

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