Published: Mon, December 25, 2017
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Pakistan grants India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav after 22 denials

Pakistan grants India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav after 22 denials

Pakistan on Monday said that it allowed the mother and wife of former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet him as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah. The video statement, where he was seen briefly recounting the so-called confession, was apparently recorded sometime before he met his family.

In the undated video, Jadhav says: "I am Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, number 4155 Zulu of the Indian Navy". Jadhav's wife and mother greeted the media persons after arrival but refused to respond to their questions. Monday was the fist time that Jadhav met his family since his arrest in March.

He went on saying that the meeting should also not be deemed as consular access to the convicted spy.

A diplomatic officer of the Indian High Commission will also accompany the wife and mother of Jadhav during the visit, Swaraj said. Faisal said Jadhav was the "face of Indian terrorism, especially in Pakistan". It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the foreign ministry.

Pakistan foreign office later released pictures of Jadhav talking to his wife and mother from behind a glass screen.

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Police and paramilitary security forces, including sharpshooters, were deployed at the ministry to deal with any untoward security situation, they said.

The video message played by the Foreign Office during a press conference after Jadhav's meeting with his family was recorded before their meeting, officials said.

A Pakistani military tribunal found Jadhav guilty of espionage and sabotage and sentenced him to death, but India obtained an order from the International Court of Justice to halt the execution.

Although Pakistan had issued visas to Jadhav's wife and mother on "humanitarian grounds" earlier this month, it has denied India consular access to the spy despite repeated requests on the grounds that it is non-applicable under the Vienna Convention due to his involvement in espionage, FO Spokesperson Dr Faisal said.

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