Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan govt for allowing him to meet his family

Dec 25, 2017, 14:50
Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan govt for allowing him to meet his family

With Pakistan granting access to the wife and mother of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, here's a quick look at the key events since the arrest of former Navy officer on espionage charges. "The Indian diplomat JP Singh was present and could see the meeting but was not allowed to meet, we extended the meeting by 10 minutes on request of Jadhav", Mohd Faisal, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, during his earlier appearance on Geo News" programme "Naya Pakistan', had said that India was given consular access to the convicted Jadhav, describing it as a "concession".

Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother will meet him in Pakistan on Monday.

The wife, right, and mother, centre, of Kulbhushan Jadhav are escorted by an Indian diplomat after their meeting with Jadhav at the foreign ministry in Islamabad.

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Jadhav's family plans to return home soon after the meeting, which is expected last an hour, according to Pakistani foreign ministry officials. Monday was the fist time that Jadhav met his family since his arrest in March.

It was the first time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March a year ago, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

He said he was involved in "terror activities" and was "face of Indian terror on Pakistani soil".

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Faisal said that since Pakistan has allowed Jadhav's family to meet him, India should also allow the families of detained Kashmiris to meet their relatives.

Faisal also tweeted that the meeting was arranged in light of "Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds". He said Jadhav has been kept in comfort here while showing a medical report to the media persons. Police and paramilitary security forces, including sharpshooters, were deployed at the MoFA to deal with any untoward security situation, they said.

A military court sentenced Jadhav to death in April for espionage and terrorism against Pakistan.

India has challenged Pakistan's refusal to grant consular access to the spy in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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29 March, 2016: Pakistan releases Jadhav's confessional statement video, in which Jadhav is seen as saying that he is a serving Indian Navy officer and operative of the RAW.