Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife, mother on Dec 25

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 9, 2017

Pakistan today granted permission for Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother to accompany his wife for a meeting with the incarcerated Indian national on Dcember 25.

During a weekly news briefing, FO spokesman said a staff member from the Indian embassy will also be present during the meeting.

After two weeks, Pakistan accepted most of India's requests, giving the date of the meeting as December 25.

Following Pakistan's decision to allow Jadhav's wife to meet him "purely on humanitarian grounds", India had said they would travel to Pakistan along with an official of the Indian High Commission. New Delhi urged Islamabad to also allow Jadhav's mother to accompany his wife along with an Indian diplomat.

"Pakistan has conveyed that they will give visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

Spokesperson for India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar, addressing a press conference, said that the Pakistani government has assured the safety of both mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav during their stay in Pakistan.

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FO spokesperson said that Pakistan accepting Indian request has allowed Indian spy to meet his mother and wife. "I have spoken to Ms Avantika Jadhav, mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, and informed her about this".

In April this year, a Pakistani military court convicted Jadhav on charges of espionage, sentencing him to death. Jadhav has filed a clemency appeal with Pakistan's Army chief, which is pending.

Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India. The suspect was said to be an officer of the Indian navy working for the covert agency to destabilize Pakistan.

Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian Navy, was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.

Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani authorities a year ago.

The ICJ had announced December 13 as the deadline for Pakistan's submissions countering the allegations made by India at the previous hearing.

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