Kulbhushan Jadhav, Sentenced To Death In Pak, To Meet Family


New Delhi: Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian who has been sentenced to death in Pakistan, will be allowed to meet his wife and mother on December 25.

Mr Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice in May had halted his execution on India’s appeal.

During his weekly news briefing, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisa said a staff member from the Indian High Commission will also be present during the meeting. Earlier on November 10, Pakistan had agreed to allow his wife to meet him.

India has been pressing Pakistan to grant a visa to Mr Jadhav’s mother, Avantika, on humanitarian grounds.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj had recently discussed Mr Jadhav’s case with Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi Sohail Mahmood.
Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Mr Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

Mr 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 Mr 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.