Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with wife, mother obscured by glass screen, Pakistan propaganda
- Author: Ryan Wade Dec 25, 2017,
Dec 25, 2017, 14:54
According to a report by Geo News, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif had said so.
"I am very thankful to the government of Pakistan for the humanitarian gesture", Jadhav was heard saying in the video. "Many mothers have lost their sons owing to commander Jadhav's action on the Indian behest", he remarked.
TV footage showed Jadhav's mother Avanti and wife Chetankul entering the ministry building's Agha Shahi Block, accompanied by India's deputy high commissioner JP Singh and a Pakistani woman official.
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Jadhav met his wife and mother at the Foreign Office for around 40 minutes, but interacted through a glass panel and intercom. Twenty-two months since Kulbhushan Jadhav was taken into illegal detention in Pakistan, his family will finally get a glimpse of him on Monday.
It was the first time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March past year, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
India asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May to restrict Pakistan from executing Jadhav, arguing he was denied diplomatic assistance during what it called an "unfair trial".
Pakistan alleges that Jadhav was involved in espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan. It added that the meeting between Jadhav and his family was not the last.
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"We wanted to know why he was using fake passport and use it to enter India at least 17 times". We have allowed access to Jadhav's family purely on a humanitarian basis.
Jadhav's family arrived at the ministry after a stop at the Indian High Commission where they stayed for half an hour.
Police and paramilitary security forces, including sharpshooters, were deployed at the ministry to deal with any untoward security situation, they said. Pakistan on 20 December issued visa to Jadhav's wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.
Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested in Pakistan on espionage charges.
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Times of India cited Asif as saying that the reason the meeting is taking place is because Pakistan didn't want India to create the impression that Jadhav was denied access to his family, especially since the spy's case is now being heard at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).