Wife, mother to meet Kulbhushan Jadhav, ensure safety

Saul Bowman
November 25, 2017

"In our response, we (India) have conveyed (to Pakistan) that Jadhav's wife would like to travel along with her mother-in-law for the meeting", Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said on Thursday.

Ahead of the hearing at the International Court of Justice and Pakistan's response to India's submission that is to be made by December 13, Pakistan made a gesture on "humanitarian grounds" to allow Jadhav's wife to meet the Indian prisoner. Earlier this month, Pakistani government agreed to the plea of Jadhav meet with his wife and mother on the humanitarian grounds.

Protesting the charges levelled by India, US, the United Nations and most of the rest of the world, self-confessed RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav maintained that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Saeed is not a terrorist.

Responding to Pakistan's offer, India has written back that Jadhav's wife and mother, if allowed, should not be questioned, harassed or interrogated during their visit and stay in Pakistan. India has acknowledged Jadhav as a retired Indian Navy officer but denied that he was in any way connected to the government.

Pakistan's permission for Jadhav's wife to meet him followed a meeting between the Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, with Pakistan's High Commissioner in New Delhi, Sohail Mahmood.

A military court in Pakistan had sentenced the 46-year-old to death on April 25 for "espionage and subversive activities".

The ICJ had asked Pakistan not to execute Jadhav till its final decision on India's petition. But, ICJ stayed his execution on India's appeal since then he is in the imprisonment of Pakistan.

Kumar said, "We [Indian government] have further asked that a diplomat of the Indian high commission in Islamabad be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting". But Pakistan's offer also took India by surprise. We also sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure safety, security of both.

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