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Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother on December 25

Pakistan has allowed the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet him on December 25, news agency PTI reported on Friday

Jadhav has been allowed to meet his wife and mother on December 25, the PTI reported quoting Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal.

During his weekly news briefing, the spokesman said a staff member from the Indian high commission will also be present during the meeting.

Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism.

Last month, Pakistan foreign office had said that it will allow Jadhav to meet his wife. However, it had stopped short of giving a sovereign guarantee about the safety and security of Jadhav’s wife, if she visits the country.

Pakistan’s foreign office had earlier this month said it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife.

Responding to Pakistan’s offer of arranging a meeting between the former naval officer and his wife, India also requested that his mother be allowed to meet him too.
Government of Pakistan has conveyed that they will give visa to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Earlier Pakistan had agreed to give visa only to the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav. On this we asked Pakistan to give visa to the mother as well. We also raised concern about their safety and security in Pakistan.
Pakistan has agreed to facilitate the visit of mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav and assured us of their safety, security and freedom of movement in Pakistan.
Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

Jadhav had filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.

In October, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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