Pakistan allows wife, mother to visit Indian man sentenced to death

Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother meet him in Islamabad on Monday. PTI

Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother in Islamabad today

Indian media wrongly credited their Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the meeting between convicted RAW spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family, contrary to the clarification of Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) that the meeting was held on humanitarian grounds. Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan for alleged spying, met his wife and mother - but separated by a glass screen - in a carefully choreographed event that unfolded in tweets, photos and TV footage.

Earlier in the day, the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav met him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad for nearly 40 minutes after Pakistan allowed such interaction as a humanitarian gesture. High security and forces were present at the meeting. The tween made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title.

After a long wait, wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav will meet him on Monday. "India should take up Jadhav's case even more forcefully while the worldwide community should put pressure on Pakistan and expose them", she said. "It is not the last meeting".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan allowed the meeting as a "humanitarian gesture" following a request from India.

Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued visas to Jadhav's mother and wife on December 20.

"This is not their last meeting with him", he said, indicating that Jadhav would not be executed in the near future.

Earlier, media reports said that Pakistan had asked India to convey the plan of Jadhav's family at the earliest otherwise it would be hard to arrange the meeting.

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Speaking to ANI, Major General (retired) GD Bakshi said, "Today the spokesperson of Pakistan's foreign ministry was acting like he is the reincarnation of Mother Teresa".

India's foreign affairs office has not responded to a request for comment on the meeting.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran.

They also did not talk to the reporters while leaving the building, although journalists kept shouting questions.

In another video released in June, Jadhav had "admitted" to his charges of "espionage and subversive activities".

A Pakistani military tribunal found Jadhav guilty of espionage and sabotage and sentenced him to death, but India obtained an order from the International Court of Justice to halt the execution. It claims that he was in possession of an Indian passport that identified him as Hussein Mubarak Patel.

The reply also stated that Jadhav, who was a serving officer of the Indian Navy, does not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.

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