Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to meet him on December 25

Pakistan today conveyed to India that it will permit Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother to meet him on December 25.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 8, 2017 8:47 pm
Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav wife Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court earlier this year (File Photo)

Pakistan on Friday conveyed to India that it will permit Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother to meet the former Navy officer on December 25. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the development on Twitter as well. In a series of tweets, Swaraj said: “Government of Pakistan has conveyed that they will give visa to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav. I have spoken to Mrs. Avantika Jadhav mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav and informed her about this. Pakistan has agreed to facilitate the visit of mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav and assured us of their safety, security and freedom of movement in Pakistan.”

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

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court earlier this year, on charges of espionage. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), on May 18, restrained Pakistan from executing him till it adjudicates on the case.

Taking to Twitter, Swaraj said India has asked for an official from the Indian High Commission to accompany them to the country. “Earlier Pakistan had agreed to give visa only to the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav. On this we asked Pakistan to give visa to the mother as well. We had also asked that a diplomatic officer of Indian High Commission should accompany them while they are in Pakistan,” she tweeted.

Following Pakistan’s decision to allow Jadhav’s wife to meet him “purely on humanitarian grounds,” India had said they would travel to Pakistan along with an official of the Indian High Commission.

In a weekly briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar added that it “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.”

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