Pakistan’s handling of Jadhav’s family inhuman, says VP Naidu

RSTV Bureau
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu delivering a Public Lecture on Importance of Legislatures, organised by PRS Legislative Research, in New Delhi on December 11, 2017.

File photo of Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has taken a strong exception at the way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family was treated in Pakistan. The mother and wife of Jadhav, who is on Pakistani death row, met him on December 25 at the Pakistan’s foreign affairs ministry office in Islamabad.

The meeting took place after months of diplomatic pressure from India.

Referring to the treatment meted out to Jadhav’s family, described by India as violating the spirit of agreement, the Vice President termed it “inhuman” and something that hurt the sentiments of Indians.

Vice President Naidu was interacting with 17 member faculty and students from Harvard, Stanford and MIT of the USA in New Delhi. Besides the issue of Jadhav’s family, he also elaborated and responded to queries on India’s strengths, opportunities and challenges besides its emergence as a global power.

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.

India seeks peace in the region for the benefit of all the countries but some are adopting a different approach, he said in a statement.

The Vice President also noted that Pakistani authorities insisting on removal of ‘mangalsutra’ by the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav and other restrictions did not go well with the people of India and Pakistan did not do any good for itself in this regard even as it sought to showcase its gesture by allowing the family union to the world.

Union External Affairs ministry had on Tuesday flagged concerns over the handling of Jadhav’s family.

“His (Kubhushan Jadhav) appearance also raises questions of his health and well being. We also regret that contrary to assurances, the overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating insofar as family members were concerned. Family members, however, handled the situation with great courage and fortitude,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is slated to make a statement in Parliament on this issue on Thursday.