–FO source says Pakistan will release pictures and video of meeting between Indian spy and his wife and mother
ISLAMABAD: Indian authorities have shared the itinerary of convicted RAW [Research and Analysis Wing] agent Kulbushan Jadhav’s family, the Foreign Office (FO) said on Saturday evening.
“India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day. Indian DHC in Islamabad will be the accompanying diplomat,” FO spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed in a tweet.
India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day. Indian DHC in Islamabad will be the accompanying diplomat.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) December 23, 2017
India’s response regarding itinerary came after Pakistan issued an ultimatum, stating it would be difficult to arrange a meeting between Jadhav and his family (wife and mother) if the itinerary was not shared with Pakistan by midnight.
According to FO sources, only one employee of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan will be present during the meeting, and the Foreign Office will issue pictures and a video of the same.
India had earlier stated that Jadhav’s father and mother had expressed the desire to meet their son; however, the prisoner had requested the authorities to allow his wife to meet him.
Earlier on Thursday, the FO said the country was ready to permit media interaction with Jadhav’s wife and mother.
FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said the ministry was waiting for India’s decision in this regard. He said the meeting would be held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and would take place on December 25.
Answering a question on the possible immediate execution of the convicted spy and this being his last meeting with his family, the spokesperson assured that Jadhav was under no threat of immediate execution and his mercy petitions were still pending.
“The mother and wife of Commander Jhadev are being provided with a meeting with him in the light of Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds,” said the FO.
The visa applications of Jadhav’s mother and wife had been received by the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on December 16 for their visit visa on humanitarian grounds.
Who is Kulbhushan Jadhav?
The spy, who was an on-duty officer for the Indian Navy, confessed to his crimes in a recorded video statement televised by the army last year following his arrest. After his trial in a military court, the army chief confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act.
On April 2016, Pakistan sentenced the RAW agent to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in different areas of Balochistan and Sindh provinces. However, India approached the International Court of Justice over the matter earlier this year which then stayed Jadhav’s death sentence until proceedings are completed in the world court.
However, India approached the International Court of Justice over the matter earlier this year which then stayed Jadhav’s death sentence until proceedings are completed in the world court.