Pakistan: Considering visa application of Jadhav’s mother

RSTV Bureau
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’.

Two days after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj slammed her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz for not acknowledging her personal request letter to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother to visit her son in a jail in Pakistan, the Pakistani foreign office has said that it was considering the mother’s visa application.

Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a military court there, for espionage and terrorism.

“Pakistan is considering the Indian request for the grant of visa to the mother of Kulbushan Yadav,” Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria was quoted as saying by state-run Radio Pakistan.

On Monday, Swaraj lashed out on twitter to say,”I wrote a personal letter to Mr Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. However, Mr Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter.”

Even though Avantika Jadhav’s visa is being considered, Zakaria said that asking for recommendations from Aziz to grant visas was against “diplomatic norms”, Dawn newspaper reported.

Zakaria also accused India of imposing “conditions” for the approval of medical visas of Pakistani patients seeking medical treatment in the country.

Jadhav (46) was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military tribunal in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

But, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

Pakistan has dismissed India’s consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. India has also accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by denying consular access to Jadhav.

However, the International Court of Justice agreed to stay Jadhavs’ execution as sought by India in May, 2017.

(With inputs from PTI)