Ensure Kulbhushan Jadhav wife's safety, India tells Pakistan

Kumar said that India has also sought the sovereign guarantee from Pakistan government to ensure safety, security of both.

"If the leaders of the Pakistan start making their own decisions, they will no longer face external pressure", the Mumbai attack mastermind said. On November 10, Pakistan had said it will allow Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India requested it to grant visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.

The Pakistan government, earlier this month, had agreed to let Jadhav meet his wife on "humanitarian grounds".

Asserting that the offer of such a meeting does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on consular access, he maintained that the charges against Jadhav were "farcical" and "concocted". The government also said the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav along with an Indian envoy would like to meet him in Pakistan.

The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar laid out a series of assurances it wants from Pakistan regarding the visit of Jadhav's family to the neighbouring country.

India continues to remain determined to "pursue all measures with full vigour so as to secure the final release of an innocent Indian". In April 2017, a Pakistan military court found him guilty of "espionage and sabotage" and sentenced him to death. But, ICJ stayed his execution on India's appeal since then he is in the imprisonment of Pakistan.

India's response to Pakistan's offer was made as a note verbale to the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi and the foreign ministry in Islamabad.

While Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested by security forces from Balochistan province on March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran, the Indian side maintains he was kidnapped from Iran where he developed business after retiring from the navy. India had put a condition that these two women shall be allowed to be accompanied by an Indian diplomat, including the time when the wife and mother meet Jadhav.

  • Joey Payne