Family of detained Indian 'spy' to visit him in Pakistan

Dec 25, 2017, 06:50
Family of detained Indian 'spy' to visit him in Pakistan

Jadhav and his wife have petitioned the Pakistan army for a pardon, but have yet to receive a response.

The mother and wife of Jadhav were due to arrive in Pakistan Monday morning via a commercial flight and were scheduled to depart the same day, the Foreign Office had said.

He added the PIPFPD has been keenly monitoring the progress of the matter and termed the meeting as "a positive confidence-building measure by Pakistan" which will help further improve the relations between the two neighbouring countries.

This will be Jadhav's first contact with his family since his arrest in Pakistan.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal on December 24 said in a Twitter statement that the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had issued visas to the two women to visit with Kulbhushan Jadhav on December 25.

On December 20, Pakistan issued visas to Jadhav's mother and wife to meet him on humanitarian grounds.

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

Pakistan says Jadhav was working for the Indian spy agency, RAW. Following this, India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May.

India has appealed to the court to impose emergency measures for Jadhav's execution to be suspended until the legal battle in Hague concludes, while also accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access and for being in breach of worldwide human rights law. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Pakistan had earlier said that Jadhav was not under any threat of immediate execution.

After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

In its application, India had also informed the ICJ that it learnt about the death sentence against Jadhav from a press release.

India has also handed over to Pakistan an appeal by Jadhav's mother, initiating a process to get his conviction overturned. He has confessed to the accusations against him before magistrate, the foreign office said. The meeting will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.

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