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


Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan for alleged spying, met his wife and mother - but separated by a glass screen - in a carefully choreographed event that unfolded in tweets, photos and TV footage.

The wife, center, and mother, left, of imprisoned Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, gesture to media upon arrival with an Indian diplomat, left, for meeting with Jadhav at Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

"Indian High Commissioner J.P Singh could only see but was not allowed to listen or speak during the meeting" said the spokesperson.

During a press conference, the foreign office spokesperson made old allegations against Jadhav.

"Media may kindly be kept at a distance to ensure security of the family members and avoid any harassment to them", he quoted from a letter the foreign ministry received from the Indian government ahead of Monday's meeting. TV footage showed Jadhav's mother Avanti and wife Chetankul entering the ministry building's Agha Shahi Block.

Kulbhushan Jadhav's family reached Islamabad via a commercial flight, and then was transported to the Indian High Commission. From Pakistan's side, Foreign Office Director for India, Dr Fareha Bugti, was present at the meeting. The mother and wife of Jadhav were being provided with a meeting with him in the light of "Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds", Faisal had said.

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On the question why a glass wall was put between them during the meeting, he said it was done "for security reasons". Roads leading to the Constitution Avenue, on which MOFA is located, were closed for traffic.

However, New Delhi has been maintaining that Jadhav, a retired Navy officer, was kidnapped from Iran where he had some business interest.

"Kulbhushan travelled between Pakistan, India, Dubai and Thailand for around 17 times" said the official and added that Pakistan had submitted counter-memorial to India's claim before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on December 13th.

Pakistan alleges that Jadhav was involved in espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan.

The ICJ suspended the execution, pending final judgment by the court.