Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother on Dec 25


While, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said that a staff member from the Indian High Commission will be present at the meeting.

This comes after Pakistan announced on 10 November that it will allow the meeting on "humanitarian grounds".

According to a Foreign Office spokesperson, an Indian diplomat would also accompany Jadhav's wife and mother during the meeting. The Indian authorities have also been communicated in this regard, he added.

The Ministry of External Affairs accepted Pakistan's offer of allowing Jadhav's wife to meet him, but put forward three conditions. Last month, Pakistan's Foreign Office had said it will grant a visa only to his wife and had not guaranteed her safety. MEA sought a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan on the safety and security of Jadhav's wife and her mother-in-law if they visit.

India had approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May to halt his execution, which was granted on New Delhi's appeal.

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This had exacerbated ties between India and Pakistan - already frayed after a series of terrorist attacks on military installations in Pathankot, Uri and Nagrota.

Swaraj further said, "Earlier Pakistan had agreed to give visa only to the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav".

He was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April past year on charges of espionage and terrorism.

Pakistani security agencies on March 24, 2016 apprehended an "on-duty RAW agent" from Balochistan.

India acknowledges that Jadhav had served in the Indian Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.