Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, wife meet him at Foreign Office amid tight security

Marie Harrington
December 27, 2017

Though Jadhav's wife and mother were on Monday allowed to meet him in its foreign office in Islamabad, New Delhi will continue to pursue the case it lodged against Pakistan government in International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May this year.

Faisal said that the wife and mother of Jadhav "thanked Pakistan, FO and our team for the meeting while going away". "We are just waiting to see them, so that we will feel the same joy that they felt while meeting him".

From Pakistan's side, Foreign Office Director India Dr Fareha Bugti was present at the meeting.

He alleged that Jadhav was sentenced to death due to his involvement in terrorism. And while they talked, Pakistan's Foreign Office video recorded every bit of the conversation and body language.

Hours after Pakistan allowed convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife to meet him in Islamabad on "humanitarian grounds", three soldiers were martyred in intense cross-border shelling by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday.

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.

Jadhav's wife and mother were both our guests, he said, adding: "They came and left in an honourable fashion".

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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. "Jadhav requested that it may be extended a little bit", so it ran to about 40 minutes, the FO spokesperson said.

Pakistan also backtracked from its foreign minister's remarks from Sunday that Indian diplomat JP Singh's presence at the meeting could be called "consular access". 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".

TV footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family in the city.

The ICJ had given India time till September 13 to file "memorial" or initial pleadings on its plaint against Pakistan for violation of 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations in the case of Jadhav.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran. Indian government claims that Jadhav may have been picked up from Iran where he ran a business in Chahbahar.

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