Pakistan allows Indian 'spy' on death row to meet family

27 December, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother in Islamabad today

The wife and mother of convicted Indian spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrived in Pakistan on Monday to meet him.

The Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad was also allowed to accompany the visitors.

Mushaal Mullick, wife of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, on Monday said that while Pakistan was allowing alleged Indian spy Kalbushan Jadhav to meet his wife and mother on humanitarian grounds, India has "kept her and their daughter from meeting Malik for the past three years". "We honour our commitments".

The video of Jadhav played during the press conference was recorded before his meeting with his family, officials said."I requested a meeting with my wife and mother and I am thankful to Government of Pakistan for this gesture", Jadhav said in the brief video message.

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

Speaking to media, Shashi Tharoor said, "It is a step forward because after 21 to 22 months Pakistani government have arrested Kulbhushan Jadhav and finally somebody has been able to see him".

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan on April 10.

"I would like to say Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj to use their power and bring Jadhav back to the country", he added.


Pakistan had agreed to facilitate the visit of Jadhav's family and also assured their safety, security, and freedom of movement in the country.

India has opposed the arrest and the sentencing, saying he was kidnapped from Iran where he runs a business.

In Balochistan, Pakistan's largest but least developed province, security forces have been battling a years-long separatist insurgency that authorities have repeatedly characterised as "terrorism" promoted by hostile states such as India.

He made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title.

New Delhi asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May to stop Islamabad from executing Jadhav, arguing he was denied diplomatic assistance during what India called an "unfair trial". If Bajwa declines, he could then seek a pardon from Pakistan's president. Congress said the meeting was deeply unsatisfactory.

"This leaves a question for the world as well as India", she said, as she concluded the video.

Iit took place for around 40 minutes, that too they were separated by a glass barrier and what they spoke was also recorded.

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