Kulbhushan Jadhav's family members must not be "questioned or harassed"

Yolanda Curtis
November 23, 2017

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. On November 12, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman termed as a "good humanitarian gesture" Pakistan's decision to allow Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife.

New Delhi has sought "sovereign guarantee" from Islamabad for Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife'if she travel across border.

Kumar also said that the Indian authority has urged that a diplomat from Indian High Commission in Pakistan should be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting.

The government also said the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav along with an Indian envoy would like to meet him in Pakistan.

His mother Avantika had made repeated pleas earlier, which went unreciprocated by the neighbouring country.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian Navy officer, who was awarded capital sentence by a Pak military court on the allegations of spreading terrorism in its country. "The Government of Pakistan has chose 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.

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran. Pakistan offered a meeting between Jadhav and his wife on "humanitarian grounds".

Jadhav had filed an appeal with the Army chief to seek clemency, which is still pending.

India has warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the "premeditated murder" was carried out. India denied the allegations and demanded consular access to him, but was repeatedly turned down. In May, after the Indian government approached it, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Jadhav's execution till further orders.

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