Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan govt for allowing him to meet his family

Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother meet him in Islamabad on Monday. PTI

Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother in Islamabad today

Pakistan today issued a new video of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhusan Jadhav in which he is seen thanking the Pakistan government for arranging a meeting with his wife and mother.

Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh, who died in a Lahore jail in 2013, said Pakistan played a "cruel joke" by not allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife and mother freely and dubbed the entire exercise a "drama". The meeting was held at the FO in the federal capital under strict security. The tweet made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title.

"Jadhav or his family would know what they were going through by "meeting" but in real sense not meeting at the same time". The reply, which was submitted by the Foreign Office's Director, Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav's case did not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.

The meeting started at around 1.35pm and lasted about 45 minutes, after which the entire party remerged, and were driven away in a white SUV.

Earlier, media reports said that Pakistan had asked India to convey the plan of Jadhav's family at the earliest otherwise it would be hard to arrange the meeting.

"I had requested for a meeting with my wife on humanitarian grounds and I have been informed that my mother and my wife are coming over to meet me and I am really thankful to the government of Pakistan for showing this grand gesture".

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Jadhav's wife and mother, before finally meeting him, visited the Indian High Commission in the Pakistani capital, after which they moved to the Pakistan MoFA building. Jadhav's family had a brief stop at the mission again before they headed to the airport to catch a flight to India via Dubai. Pakistan claims Jadhav is the face of Indian terrorism, who entered into Pakistan controlled Balochistan Province via Iran under the name of Hussien Mubarak Patel.

India's foreign affairs office has not responded to a request for comment on the meeting.

The FO spokesperson also said Pakistan would have preferred if Jadhav's wife and mother had spoken to Pakistani media.

India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. On the basis of confessions, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan. "We honor our commitments", a spokesman for Pakistan's foreign office, Mohammad Faisal, said in an earlier Twitter posting when the women first arrived at the ministry in Islamabad.

ICJ, in May this year, not only stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence till the final verdict but also said that Pakistan should grant India the consular access so that India could offer all possible help to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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