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Pakistan offered meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife

19 November, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: India has ‘positively’ responded to Pakistan’s offer for a meeting between convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife, but made a few ‘requests’, a diplomatic source said on Saturday.

Islamabad last week took New Delhi by surprise by offering a meeting between Jadhav and his wife and it took a week for the latter to respond to the gesture, which Pakistan had said was on humanitarian grounds and as per “Islamic traditions and jurisprudence”.

It should be recalled that earlier Islamabad had denied multiple requests from Delhi for consular access to Jadhav and had so far not taken a decision on the visa application of Jadhav’s mother Avantika, who wanted to visit Pakistan for a meeting with her son.

New Delhi did not make public its response to the offer. The media came to know about it through a tweet by Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal, who also heads the South Asia directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Indian Reply to Pakistan’s Humanitarian offer for Commander Jadhav received and is being considered,” Dr Faisal tweeted.

No details about the Indian response were, however, released.

Jadhav’s mother, it should be recalled, had earlier submitted a petition against her son’s death sentence and had also pleaded to the federal government to intervene for his release.

The source said that the tone of the letter was positive and indicated New Delhi’s desire to avail the offer.

Jadhav, who was captured by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year for his involvement in terrorism and espionage. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.

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