Pakistan allows wife to meet Kulbhushan Jhadav — Humanitarian gesture

Violet Powell
November 11, 2017

In a major development indicating that Pakistan has somewhat relented, Islamabad on Friday evening announced that has it has "decided to arrange a meeting" in Pakistan of imprisoned former Indian naval officer Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife "purely on humanitarian grounds". It said that it had informed the Indian High Commission in Pakistan about its decision.

There was speculation that the two countries discussed the issue in a recent meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj and the newly-appointed Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi Sohail Mahmood, the daily said.

According to an ISPR press release, Kulbhusan Sundir Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation from Mashkel area of Balochistan for his involvement in espionage and sabotage actives in Pakistan.

After almost four months of trail termed as "farcical" trial, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court.

India, which completely rejected Pakistan's charges, reputedly sought consular access to Jadhav.

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Jatin Desai said that at the same time, we request Pakistan government to allow parents of young innocent Hamid Ansari to meet him.

The Pakistan government has so far not responded to a request made in April by Jadhav's mother, Avantika Jadhav, to meet her son.

In a reaction to the move, Pakistan's relations with neighbour India tensed, and India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hear the case.

This comes days after the Pakistan Army, while talking about the mercy plea of alleged Indian Jadhav, said the officer's petition is now in its final stage and also that "good news will be delivered soon". In September, India presented its written pleadings, also known as memorials, at the ICJ as per its directive.

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