Kulbushan Jadhav meets mother, wife at Pakistan foreign affairs ministry

Dec 27, 2017, 00:50
Kulbushan Jadhav meets mother, wife at Pakistan foreign affairs ministry

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told a Pakistani media channel that Pakistan has granted India consular access to Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav by allowing the presence of an Indian diplomat during the meeting with his family.

The meeting started at 2.18 p.m., according to the Foreign Office.

TV footage showed Jadhav's mother Avanti and wife Chetankul entering the ministry building's Agha Shahi Block, accompanied by India's Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh and a Pakistani woman official.

From Pakistan's side, Foreign Office Director India Dr Fareha Bugti was present at the meeting.

The mother and wife of Jadhav were being provided with a meeting with him in the light of "Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds", he had said.

Jadhav's family was later taken to the Indian High Commission before their return to India via Oman. They played a cruel joke on Jadhav's family and with people of our country.

They will arrive in Islamabad by a commercial flight and leave the same day after the meeting, it added. "When it was held under such tight security and close relatives are separated by a glass screen, it has little meaning", she said.

Police and paramilitary security forces, including sharpshooters, were deployed at the ministry to deal with any untoward security situation, they said. Special security passes were issued for those visiting the Foreign Office, the officials added.

Islamabad has claimed it has made a decision to grant India consular access to former Indian Navy officer, a right over which India and Pakistan have been sparring at the International Court of Justice.

Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, has been accused of being an agent of Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the external intelligence agency of India.

"India should take up Jadhav's case even more forcefully while the worldwide community should put pressure on Pakistan and expose them", she said.

Siddharth Vidyarthi: The 56-inch #BJP govt. should be ashamed of itself after seeing what Pakistan has done to #Kulbhushan and his mother & wife by allowing a farcical meeting.

Speaking to ANI, the Congress leader said, "It is a step forward because after 21 to 22 months they (Pakistan Government) have arrested that poor man and finally somebody has been able to see him". The ICJ halted his execution on India's appeal pending the final verdict by it.

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