Wife, mother meet with jailed Indian officer in Pakistan

The mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav meet the Indian spy in Islamabad

The mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav meet the Indian spy in Islamabad

Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav on Monday met his wife and mother at the foreign affairs ministry, Pakistani officials said.

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Raj Kadyan also said that the meeting that took place on Monday can not be called a family meeting. The credit was also given to Indian PM Modi who, in fact, played no role in the development.

"We had offered Commander Jhadav's family to meet the media, including Indian media". They pointed out that Pakistan is only backing the meeting to make its case strong.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammed Faisal tweeted images showing Jadhav speaking to his mother Avanti and wife through an intercom with a glass panel separating them.

Displaying a slide of the convicted spy's recent medical report, Faisal said he is in good health and the report states that his BMI and other health factors are normal. "It is not the last meeting".

JP Singh, India's Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, can also be seen standing around the meeting spot.

He added that media crews will be able to cover the arrival and departure of Jadhav's wife and mother at the ministry and Pakistan has agreed to honor India's request not to allow any media interaction with the visitors, the official added. Pakistan on December 20 issued visa to Jadhav's wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.

Islamabad has repeatedly rejected New Delhi's plea for consular access to Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), alleging he was not an ordinary person and had entered the country with intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.

Terming the meeting a "PR stunt by Pakistan", the news anchor maintains Pakistani authorities were "trying to show there was nobody else in the room" while keeping a close watch through CCTV. The reply, which was submitted by the Foreign Office's Director, Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav's case did not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.

Jadhav was arrested in March this year, in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of alleged involvement in 'espionage and subversive activities for India's intelligence agency - the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)'.

Considering the nature of crimes of Kulbushan Jadhav against humanity, majority in the country believe the Pakistani side has been courteous enough to arrange a private meeting between the Indian spy and his family, who left in an honourable fashion, before his execution.

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

Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan's army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, to seek clemency, which is still pending.

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