Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother broke down, spoke to him via telephone

Kulbhushan Jadhav meets family: While initial greetings took place across the glass screen, Jadhav’s wife and mother were able to communicate with him mainly via a telephone.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: December 26, 2017 8:24 am
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In a 40-minute meeting interrupted with tears of joy and sadness, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother Avanti and wife Chetna were able to communicate with him via a “telephone” as well as across a glass screen. This was their first meeting after he was arrested by Pakistani authorities on charges of espionage in March 2016 — India maintains he was kidnapped from Iran.

While initial greetings took place across the glass screen, Jadhav’s wife and mother were able to communicate with him mainly via a telephone. Sources said they spoke mostly in Marathi and Hindi. But before the meeting took place, the two women were thoroughly checked. They even had to remove hair clips since sharp objects were not allowed inside the meeting room.

Sources described the meeting between Jadhav and his mother and wife as an “emotional” one, interrupted by bouts of tears. They were watched by Fereha Bugti, Director (India) at the Pakistan Foreign Ministry. While Avanti did most of the talking, wife Chetna broke down a few times. Pakistani officials kept a box of tissues, which “was used” during the conversation.

Sources said Jadhav told his family members that it was “nice to see them”, and inquired about his father’s health. He said he would have liked to see his father as well. Jadhav “looked tired” — this was the initial impression of his wife and mother. The meeting went off “quite well”, as per the initial Indian assessment on the conversation that took place. He apparently told his family that he “was treated” as per Pakistani laws.

Sources said Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh, who was separated from the family members by another glass partition, could hardly hear anything and could only watch Jadhav’s mannerisms.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, pakistan, India, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, right, and mother, center, being escorted by an Indian diplomat after a meeting at Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. AP photo

The family members and Singh left their mobile phones at the Indian High Commission. The two women will be brought to Delhi for a debriefing. They were in Delhi before the meeting as well.

After the meeting, J P Singh appeared angry over the delay in the arrival of their car since many outside hurled taunts at Avanti, calling her a “terrorists’ mother”.

READ | Who is Kulbhushan Jadhav?

The Indian government, meanwhile, is in the process of contacting German doctor, Dr Uwe Johannes Nellessen, who conducted the medical check-up of Jadhav on December 22 in Islamabad. He is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon at the Saudi German Hospital in Dubai.

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  1. Bob Chandpuri
    Dec 27, 2017 at 5:22 am
    please release him and send him home .He is a guest in your country.
    1. Samar Pahari
      Dec 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm
      Pakistan can never be expected to behave in a civilized manner. Pakistan agreed to allow Jadhavs wife to meet him under duress because whenever these porkies used to apply for medical visa MEA used to shoot it down with one sentence: First provide visa to Jadhavs mother a sinister move Pakistan offered visa to Jadhavs wife instead of to his mother. India refused to oblige. Then they devised this dirty trick and trapped India. Since Pakistan has created this precedent India must provide medical aid to Pakistanis only through glass par ion.
      1. M
        Dec 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm
        she is a mother to all Indian sons........and not the terrorist son....... I want her to be told the above statement. I also want him to die as fast a possible to get rid of torture. But the most important part is what lesson we are learning from this incident. Can the government elaborate on this.....
        1. Vikas Prashar
          Dec 26, 2017 at 10:21 am
          Its mere an eyewash. Pakistan had to complete this formality before going to ICJ, while Indian govt. aided them in doing so.
          1. Brijesh Dewangan
            Dec 26, 2017 at 10:17 am
            shame on Pakistan first it kidnaps a businessman from Iran and doesn't even allow his family to meet properly .if India had to send spies we will send it through J K Punjab ,Rajasthan etc why would he go to a 3rd country Iran ,and then to balochistan ,if pakistan has proof why it is scared to give him consular access and prove his crime in his own civil courts in presence of public media shame on this terrorist country
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