Family of detained Indian 'spy' to visit him in Pakistan

25 December, 2017, 16:52 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife meet the former Indian naval officer in Islamabad at the Pakistan foreign ministry

The wife and mother of an imprisoned Indian naval officer facing the death penalty in Pakistan for espionage and sabotage were allowed to meet with him on Monday in what the Foreign Ministry said was a "humanitarian gesture". They are accompanied by Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh, Dawn News reported Officials said all arrangements are in place for the meeting between Jadhav and his wife and mother.

Last week, FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal had said that if the Indian Ministry of External Affairs agreed, Jadhav's wife and mother may be allowed to address the media in Pakistan.

"India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day".

This is the first meeting between Jadhav, who was convicted of espionage, and his family since his arrest on March 3 previous year. It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the ministry. His execution was stayed by the International Court of Justice on India's appeal. The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had issued visas to Jadhav's mother and wife earlier in the week.

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

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"The family members of Indian spy looked satisfied and they thanked Pakistan for the gesture" said Dr Faisal. Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

Jadhav was at the ministry before his family arrived.

Pakistani authorities allowed an Indian national sentenced to death for spying to see his family for the first time since his arrest, a rare and highly-anticipated meeting arranged amid tight security in Islamabad. It is expected to hold another hearing in March or April.

Commander Jadhav - an on-duty Indian navy officer working for Indian covert agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) - was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan, after he entered into Pakistan from Iran.

A security official said the two women will meet with Jadhav in the presence of three Indian diplomats.

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