New Delhi: Just day after the meeting of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav with his mother and wife in Islamabad, India sharply criticised Pakistan for stage-managing what it called an exercise that “lacked credibility” and held in an “atmosphere of coercion.”
After Pakistan government disregarded cultural and religious sensibilities of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family members under the pretext of security prior meeting, Pakistani’s media harassed the former Indian Navy officer’s mother by calling her ‘qatil ki maa’ (murderer’s mother).
News agency ANI tweeted a video, where one can hear journalists hecking and harassing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife after their 40-minute long meeting with him.
In the video, one can hear journalists shouting, “Aapke patidev ne hazaron begunah Pakistaniyo ke khoon se Holi kheli ispar kya kahengi?’ and ‘aapke kya jazbaat hain apne kaatil bete se milne ke baad” (What do you have to say after meeting your son who killed thousands of Pakistani nationals and what are your feelings after meeting your murderer son.”
Earlier in the day, India hit back at Pakistan, accusing it of violating mutual understandings on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s meeting with his family, and said the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly-controlled interaction.
Pakistan went so far as to have the mangalsutra, bangles and bindi of his mother and wife removed before they could meet him, the external affairs ministry said in a statement.
In a press conference, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesperson had also played a taped statement by Mr. Jadhav thanking the government for the meeting. Mr. Jadhav’s family has not made any public comment yet.
On Monday, Pakistan’s government facilitated the meeting between Mr. Jadhav and his mother Avantika and wife Chetana at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, the first such meeting since the announcement of Mr. Jadhav’s arrest in March 2016 over alleged charges of terrorism. Since then, he has been convicted in a military court and sentenced to death, and his appeal for clemency is now under process. India has officially requested the family meeting several times.