Indian spy sentenced to death for espionage in Pakistan Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother, wife meets him at Foreign Office
Kulbhushan Jadhav has not been given consular access: FO
By;Asghar Ali Mubarak
Islamabad; The mother and wife of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav met him at the office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Monday amid strict security.
The meeting started at 2:18pm and lasted almost 40 minutes, according to the Foreign Office spokesperson.
Indian diplomats, including Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh, accompanied Jadhav’s family and were present during the meeting, which was conducted in a specially prepared room via an intercom through a glass partition.
Foreign Office Director India desk Dr. Fariha was also present during the meeting.
Jadhav’s mother Avanti Jadhav and wife Chetankul Jadhav underwent a security check before being taken to the room for their meeting, the FO spokesperson added.
After meeting him at the Foreign Office, Jadhav’s family was taken to the Indian High Commission before they return to India via Oman, sources said.
Jadhav’s mother thanked the Pakistan Foreign Office for allowing the meeting.
According to itinerary details obtained by Geo News, Jadhav’s mother and wife flew to Islamabad via Dubai earlier today. The family arrived at the Indian High Commission from where they were taken to the Foreign Office. They will leave the country the same day after meeting Jadhav.
In a tweet, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal shared a photo of the mother and wife of Jadhav sitting in the Foreign Office.
“The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav sitting comfortably in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan. We honour our commitments,” he tweeted. Pakistan permits the meeting of wife and mother of Commander Jadhav with him, as a humanitarian gesture, on the birthday of the Father of the nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The roads leading from and to the Foreign Office building were closed to traffic for the meeting. Walkthrough gates have also been installed outside the Foreign Office building amid strict security measures.
Commander Jadhav — an on-duty Indian navy officer working for Indian covert agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) — was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan, after he entered into Pakistan from Iran. He has been convicted of espionage and sabotage activities.
Pakistan Foreign Office said that arrested Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav has not been given consular access.
Clarifying earlier reports in the media, the Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the presence of Indian diplomat during the scheduled meeting between Jadhav and his family does not mean Jadhav has been given Indian consular access.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, during his appearance on Geo News’ programme ‘Naya Pakistan’ earlier, had said that India had been given consular access to the convicted spy, describing it as a “concession.”
He had added that Pakistan had allowed Jadhav’s meeting with his mother and wife purely on “humanitarian grounds.”
Noting that Jadhav’s case is sub judice in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the minister had said they were also advised to allow the meeting. “We didn’t want any weakness in our case in the ICJ over the meeting.”
On Saturday, Indian authorities had shared the itinerary of Jadhav’s family.
“India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day. Indian DHC in Islamabad will be the accompanying diplomat,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal had said on Twitter.
Pakistani authorities had earlier issued an ultimatum to India, stating that it would be difficult to arrange a meeting between Jadhav and his family (wife and mother) if the itinerary of the latter was not shared with Pakistan.
On April 10, 2017, Pakistan sentenced the RAW agent to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Baluchistan and Karachi.
In a reaction to the move, Pakistan’s relations with neighboring India tensed, and New Delhi approached the ICJ to hear the case.
On May 18, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Jadhav until a final decision was made in the proceedings.
India then moved the ICJ to give it six months to file pleadings in the case, which the United Nations’ judicial organ had turned down in June this year. Later, New Delhi submitted its memorial (arguments) to the ICJ on September 13.
On December 13, Pakistan submitted its reply to the ICJ, dismissing India’s stance in the case of the convicted spy.
In its counter-memorial, Pakistan stated that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.
The reply also stated that Jadhav, who was a serving officer of the Indian Navy, does not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.
The case remains sub judice.
Arrest, confession, sentencing
Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel, was arrested on March 3, 2016 in a ‘counter-intelligence operation’ from Mashkel area of Baluchistan for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan.
The incarcerated RAW agent, in his video statement, confessed to involvement in sabotage and espionage inside Pakistan, which has also been the crux of Islamabad’s case in the ICJ.
On April 10, a Field General Court Martial — under the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, and Official Secrets Act, 1923 — awarded death sentence to Jadhav for espionage and sabotage.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa ratified the sentencing by the army tribunal.
Jadhav has since been on the death row.
Mean while the Indian spy sentenced to death for espionage in Pakistan Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘thanks’ Pakistan for ‘grand gesture’ In a new video released by Pakistan on Monday, Indian spy sentenced to death for espionage in Pakistan is seen thanking the country for the “grand gesture” of allowing him to meet his wife and mother.”I requested a meeting with my wife and mother and I am thankful to the government of Pakistan for this grand gesture,” says Jadhav in the video shot purportedly before the meeting with his family.