Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife meet him in Islamabad

RSTV Bureau
Indian prisoner in Islamabad, Kulbhushan Jadhav, is seen meeting his mother and wife on December 25, 2017.

Indian prisoner in Islamabad, Kulbhushan Jadhav, is seen meeting his mother and wife on December 25, 2017.

The mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan, met him in Islamabad on Monday.

 The 40-minute meeting took place at the heavily guarded Foreign Affairs Ministry building.

It was the fist time Jadhav met his family since his arrest in March last year, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country’s founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Pakistan also confirmed that consular access of Jadhav was not given to India, even though the meeting took place in the presence of an Indian diplomat, India’s Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh.

 “This meeting was not consular access as we had told India that its diplomat would see the meeting but was not allowed to speak or participate in it,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal told reporters.

JP Singh, who accompanied the visitors, was not allowed to speak or listen to the conversation of meeting and he knew it, Faisal explained.

“All decision on consular access will be taken on basis of law and interests of Pakistan,” he added.

In the past too, India’s multiple requests of consular access to Jadhav has been denied by Pakistan.

In the press conference held by Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Faisal again made old allegations against Jadhav. Pakistan claimed that Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court on charges of espionage and terrorism. But India continues to maintain that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Pakistan also issued a new video of the Indian prisoner in which he is seen thanking the Pakistan government for arranging a meeting with his wife and mother.

 The video message played by the Foreign office during the press conference after Jadhav’s meeting with his family was recorded before their meeting, officials said.

 “I requested a meeting with my wife and mother and I am thankful to Government of Pakistan for this gesture,” Jadhav is seen saying in the video message.

Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran, contrary to India’s claims.

(With inputs from PTI)