In Pak jail, Kulbhushan Jadhav allowed to meet wife, mother

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File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'.

File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of ‘espionage’.

Pakistan establishment has allowed convicted Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife and mother on December 25. The 47-year-old was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism.

The International Court of Justice in May had halted his execution on after India filed an appeal.

Jadhav has been allowed to meet his wife and mother on December 25, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said. Earlier on November 10, Pakistan had agreed to allow his wife to meet him.

Speaking on the developments, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Pakistan will soon give visas to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Sawraj had recently discussed Jadhav’s case with Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi Sohail Mahmood.

“We also raised concern about their safety and security in Pakistan. Government of Pakistan has conveyed that they will give visa to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Swaraj tweeted.

Earlier Pakistan had agreed to give a visa only to Jadhav’s wife but India asked that a visa should also be given to his mother, she said.

The minister also said she has spoken to Jadhav’s mother, Avantika Jadhav, and informed her about it.

File photo of protest against Pakistan over Kulbhushan Jadhav issue, April, 2017. PTI

File photo of protest against Pakistan over Kulbhushan Jadhav issue, April, 2017.
PTI

Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

Jadhav had filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.

In October, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India. After India approached the International Court of Justice, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

(With inputs from PTI)