Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet mother, wife in Islamabad today

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25 December, 2017

Pakistan on Monday said that it allowed the mother and wife of former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet him as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

"There would be a partition for security reasons", a Pakistan foreign ministry official said when asked whether the family members would be allowed to meet Jadhav personally.

Earlier, Jadhav met his mother and wife at Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad but with a glass panel separating them.

"I requested a meeting with my wife and mother and I am thankful to Government of Pakistan for this gesture", Jadhav said in the brief video message.

"An Indian diplomat was present during the meeting and he could see Jadhav but he was not allowed to speak to him", Faisal said.

"The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav sitting comfortably in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan". The Pakistani media had earlier reported that the Pakistan government has granted consular access after denying the same for 22 times in a row. It added that the meeting between Jadhav and his family was not the last. The communication between them was through an intercom device.

The meeting ended around 3:40 pm.

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He said the two women spoke "openly and had a productive meeting" with Jadhav. We extended the meeting by 10 minutes on the request of Jadhav's family. It was an open meeting, we are looking forward to a statement from Jadhav's family, Kale added. He said Jadhav has been kept in comfort here while showing a medical report to the media persons.

Faisal said that the wife and mother of Jadhav "thanked Pakistan, FO and our team for the meeting while going away".

Jadhav's family arrived at the ministry after a stop at the Indian High Commission where they stayed for half an hour.

Faisal reiterated that the meeting did not mean any change in Pakistan's stance regarding Jadhav, who he termed "a spy and terrorist who has been sentenced to death".

The ICJ suspended the execution, pending final judgment by the court.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran. In India, officials however downplayed the comments by the Pakistani minister, maintaining that an Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access".

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