Guarantee Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother will not be harassed or questioned: India to Pakistan

Pakistan is yet to respond to India's message. Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested in Pakistan on espionage charges.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2017 6:51 pm
Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting with wife Kulbhushan Jadhav

Responding to Pakistan’s offer of arranging a meeting between Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife, India has told that Jadhav’s wife and mother would like to meet him, along with an Indian envoy. Apart from this, India has also sought a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan that the Jadhav’s family members would not be harassed or questioned when they visit him. Pakistan is yet to respond to India’s message. Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested in Pakistan on espionage charges.

The Pakistan government, earlier this month, had agreed to let Jadhav meet his wife on “humanitarian grounds”. “The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a statement, adding the meeting will take place on Pakistani soil.

Hoping that Pakistan would facilitate visit by the wife and mother of Jadhav, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the government determined to “pursue all measures” with “full vigour” so as to secure the final release of an innocent Indian. “Such a meeting offer does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Human Rights and not following the due process in treating Jadhav who remains incarcerated in Pakistan and faces death sentence through a farcical process and on concocted charges,” Kumar said during a media briefing.

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While the offer had taken the Indian side by surprise, sources told The Indian Express that the response was sent last week in the form of a note verbale. Pakistan’s foreign ministry on Saturday had confirmed receiving the response and said that it ïs being considered.”

Few media reports have linked Pakistan’s offer as an attempt to counter India’s argument at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Jadhav was denied any consular access. Other reports also hinted that the issue was discussed in a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the newly appointed Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi, Sohail Mahmood. Pakistan, however, has insisted that the arrangement was being made purely on humanitarian grounds.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. ICJ, in May, had stayed his execution on India’s appeal. Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

While Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested by security forces from Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran, the Indian side maintains he was kidnapped from Iran where he developed business after retiring from the Navy.

The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13, before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

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    Uncle Sam
    Nov 24, 2017 at 1:49 am
    Well, they will be stripped searched including throat and an l - normal procedure. Plus they will go through "electronic bug test" probably hidden under the skin.
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      MVK
      Nov 23, 2017 at 11:23 pm
      Good thinking by India by not sending Jadhav’s wife and mother without conditions. Never trust pakis.
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        Romik
        Nov 23, 2017 at 10:50 pm
        Please Modiji, Dhobahlji Rawatji and all the generals . Please do the needful . Terroristan needs to be broken and annexed. The world will support us. You will be helping the world get rid of these pests..the world has had enough of them.
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          Kamal Pasha
          Nov 23, 2017 at 11:11 pm
          Romik. : Why will world support you?
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          ramlal
          Nov 23, 2017 at 8:16 pm
          what happened to sushma's promise that she will do what ever required to get him back. all for publicity, this bjp govt is about, she even wanted public attention for her kidney transplant. what ministers we have got.
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            stranger
            Nov 23, 2017 at 8:07 pm
            is it not possible to make them diplomats and send them with diplomatic immunity.
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