New Delhi : India has refused to send Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife alone to Pakistan to visit the former naval officer. Further, the Indian government has requested Islamabad to grant travel permit to his mother also.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office recently said that Jadhav would be allowed to meet his wife. The move came months after New Delhi requested Islamabad to allow Jadhav’s mother to meet him on humanitarian grounds.
New Delhi responded through diplomatic channels to Islamabad’s offer on November 10 to allow Jadhav’s wife to meet him. India believes that Pakistan’s suggestion, sidestepping the request of Jadhav’s mother, was unexpected.
Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer has been accused of being an agent of India foreign intelligence service, Research and Analysis Wing. He has been sentenced to death for alleged espionage by Pakistan court and is currently in Pakistan prison.
Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies. Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.