Indian media gives credit of Jadhav's meeting with family to PM Modi

Posted December 27, 2017

Pakistan had on December 20 issued visa to Jadhav's wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.

Faisal said that the wife and mother of Jadhav "thanked Pakistan, FO and our team for the meeting while going away". After the meeting the women and the Indian diplomat left the premises amidst questions pouring from the Pakistan media.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal explained that the glass separation was for security reasons.

The 40-minute meeting took place across a glass pane in the Pakistani foreign office in the presence of Indian deputy high commissioner J.P. Singh, with the conversation conducted over the phone. "He has been sentenced to death by Pakistan", he said.

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After the meeting, the Pakistani Foreign Office continued with its media blitzkrieg.

Mumbai: Kulbhushan Jadhav's friends and well-wishers in Mumbai have pledged to continue their campaign for his release even as his mother and wife met him in Islamabad on Monday."As there is no evidence against Kulbhushan, the Pakistan government should release him immediately", said Tulshidas Pawar, a friend of Jadhav.

He added that media crews will be able to cover the arrival and departure of Jadhav's wife and mother at the ministry and Pakistan has agreed to honor India's request not to allow any media interaction with the visitors, the official added. The provisional measures were granted by the Court where it said Pakistan "must take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, of Indian nationality, is not executed pending a final judgment of the court in the Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan)". A military court sentenced Jadhav to death in April for espionage and terrorism against Pakistan.

Jadhav was at the ministry before his family arrived. "We permitted the Indian request purely on humanitarian grounds as in accordance with Islamic morals and teachings", he said, adding "many mothers have lost their sons" due to "Commander Jadhav's action at Indian behest".

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TV footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family in the city. Speaking to ANI, Major General (retired) GD Bakshi said, "Today the spokesperson of Pakistan's foreign ministry was acting like he is the reincarnation of Mother Teresa".

India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Islamabad has conveyed to the ICJ, which is based in The Hague, that it would not grant New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.The ICJ is likely to start hearing on India's plea early next year.

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