Pakistan grants wife, mother permission to meet Jadhav in Islamabad

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

Pakistan has chose to allow the wife and mother of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet him on December 25, according to the Foreign Office.

The 46-year-old was arrested in March last year on charges on espionage.

The International Court of Justice in May had halted his execution on India's appeal.

Following this, Pakistan on November 10 said it had chose to grant permission to Jadhav's wife to visit him in Pakistan on "humanitarian grounds" and that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had been informed of the same.

Responding to Pakistan's offer of arranging a meeting between the former naval officer and his wife, India also requested that his mother be allowed to meet him too.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said during his weekly news briefing that a staff member from the Indian embassy will be allowed to be present at the meeting.

India has been pressing Pakistan to grant a visa to Jadhav's mother, Avantika, on humanitarian grounds.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 previous year after he reportedly entered from Iran. MEA sought a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan on the safety and security of Jadhav's wife and her mother-in-law if they visit.

India had vociferously opposed his death sentence and denied all allegations against Jadhav, who is a retired Indian Navy officer.

Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.

The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case. As India took the case to International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May, Pakistan even told the United Nations court that "Pakistan doesn't see the merit in a state which sends a spy and is seeking access to a tool for terror".

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