India wants Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother to be allowed to meet him first

Elias Hubbard
November 18, 2017

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Saturday said that the Indian reply to Pakistan's humanitarian offer for convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's was received and under consideration.

Pakistan had earlier offered India a meeting between the convicted spy and his wife on humanitarian grounds.

Confirming the development, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal on Friday said, "The Government of Pakistan has made a decision to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds", adding that "a Note Verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad".

There has been speculation that the move could be an effort by Pakistan to mend ties with India.

Earlier, the Indian government had asked Islamabad to grant visa to the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to visit her son in Pakistan.

In its response, India has expressed reluctance in sending Jadhav's wife alone to Pakistan and insisted that his mother's application is also processed, the source said.

India's reply to offer for Jadhav to meet his wife being considered: Pakistan Foreign Office
India seeks permission for Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with mother

Pakistan made the proposal on humanitarian grounds, according to the Foreign Office.

It is not clear what prompted Islamabad to allow Jadhav's wife to meet him in Pakistan.

On April 10, Pakistan had sentenced the RAW agent to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi.

India and Pakistan have filed explanations sought by the worldwide court in The Hague and the court is to proceed with the case.

A Note Verbale, a diplomatic note that is drafted in the third person and is unsigned, in this regard had been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

Commander Jadhav alias, Hussain Mubarak Patel, a serving Commander of the Indian navy, who was working with India's premier intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was arrested by law-enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016 after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan. However, the International Court of Justice ordered a stay in his execution. Later Pakistan had refused to give India the permission to gain consular access to the Indian spy.

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