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India asks Pakistan to guarantee security of Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife

25 November, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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New Delhi had said Jadhav's mother too should be allowed to accompany her since this is what Jadhav's wife wants, with the MEA agreeing to the proposed visit of Jadhav's wife to Pakistan to meet him.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Office has told Mail Today that the administration is considering India's request to allow Jadhav's mother also to travel to Pakistan. "The government of Pakistan has made a decision to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds", Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a statement, adding the meeting will take place on Pakistani soil. New Delhi has said the meeting may be arranged after a guarantee that none of them would detained, questioned or interrogated during the visit.

Earlier this month, Pakistan offered to arrange a meeting between Jadhav and his wife on "humanitarian grounds". However, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday also confirmed receiving a new Indian request of sending Jadhav's mother with his wife and said it was "being considered". Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.

India's guarded response comes in the backdrop of Pakistan denying Jadhav Consular access despite 18 requests in the last 22 months.




45-year-old Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for "espionage" in April this year which was later stayed by ICJ till the disposal of the case in the United Nations court. The International Court of Justice had stayed the execution of the sentence.

"Let me underline that such a meeting offer does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Human Rights and not following the due process in treating Jadhav who remains incarcerated in Pakistan and faces death sentence through a farcical process and on concocted charges".

India had approached the ICJ on May 8 demanding immediate suspension of Jadhav's death. We also sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure safety, security of both. But Pakistan's offer also took India by surprise.

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