Pakistan to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav meet his wife on Humanitarian grounds

The Pakistan Foreign Office today allowed Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife on humanitarian grounds.

"The government of Pakistan has made a decision to arrange a meeting of Jhadav with his wife in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds", Faisal added.

In its list, the Pakistan foreign office had said the Indian prisoners included "52 civilians and 494 fishermen".

The Pakistan Government has chose to arrange a meeting of Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife, purely on humanitarian grounds.

Kulbhushan Jhadev, a serving Commander of the Indian Navy, working with Indian Intelligence Agency RAW was apprehended by Pakistan law enforcement agencies a year ago after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA).

"Jadhav confessed before a Magistrate and the Court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities aimed at destabilizing and waging war against Pakistan", Pakistan said.

India had requested a Pakistani visa for Jadhav's mother, Avantika, who wanted to meet her son in Pakistan.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav even on humanitarian grounds citing the reason that it does not apply to cases related with spies.

Jhadav was sentenced to death earlier this year; however, the International Court of Justice ordered a stay in his execution.

Pakistan falsely claimed its security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan on March 3 previous year.

In a reaction to the move, Pakistan's relations with neighbour India tensed, and India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hear the case. By an order of June 13, 2017, the President of the ICJ had fixed September 13, 2017 and December 13, 2017 as the respective time limits for the filing of a memorial by India and a counter-memorial by Pakistan.

  • Joey Payne