Published: Mon, December 25, 2017
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Pak tightens security ahead of Jadhav's meeting with family

Pak tightens security ahead of Jadhav's meeting with family

After denying consular access to India to meet Jadhav, the Pakistan government finally agreed to allow Jadhav's wife to meet him, media reported. We honour our commitments.

He watched images of Jadhav's mother Avantika and wife Chetna sitting across a glass screen flicker on the TV set at his home. Jadhav's wife and mother greeted the media persons after arrival but refused to respond to their questions.

What is even more baffling is that Kulbhushan's wife, who had been seen carrying a cream-colour shawl with red design on it is apparently seen in this photo wearing a black shawl.

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

Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh is accompanying them.

India feels today's meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family was as much an image-building exercise as a tacit message from Pakistan to New Delhi, and so represents a "major climbdown". It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the foreign ministry. Television footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family after they arrived in the city. He had added that Pakistan had allowed Jadhav's meeting with his mother and wife purely on "humanitarian grounds".

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Officials said all arrangements are in place for the meeting between Jadhav and his wife and mother, and sharpshooters were deployed at the sprawling FO building ahead of the meeting.

After Jadhav was sentenced to death on charges of espionage and terrorism by Pakistan, India had moved the ICJ in May for justice.

Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother meet him in Islamabad on Monday. It is expected to hold another hearing in March or April. India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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