New Delhi: At the Parliament’s winter session which is expected to be dominated by the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue and a bill proposing to criminalize instant triple talaq. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday makes the government’s stand clear on the Kulbhshan Jadhav row after several parties demanded an answer for the behaviour meted out by Pakistan to his family members.
Sushma Swaraj, speaking in the Rajya Sabha, reiterates India’s stand that the trial to convict Kulbhushan Jadhav in Paksitan was “farcical”.
“I spoke to Kulbhushan’s mother before my speech here, and she revealed how she was made to take off her bangles and all .”
“Jadhav’s wife and mother were made to wait outside the Foreign Office building so that the waiting media persons could heckle them, says Sushma Swaraj.”
“Absurd to suggest there was a mystery chip or camera or recording device planted inside Kulbhushan’s wife’s shoes, says Sushma. “It is an absurdity beyond measure.”
“It [the meeting] was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again and again, and an environment of fear was created for them,” says Sushma.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, speaking after Sushma’s speech, says Pakistan had insulted not only Jadhav’s wife and mother and also all Indians.
Earlier, on Wednesday, during the Zero Hour, members of various political parties, including the Congress, Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress and AIADMK, strongly protested the way Jadhav’s family members were treated by Pakistan authorities when they had gone there to meet Jadhav, who is languishing in a Pakistani prison.
Swaraj, who was present in the House, said a statement on the issue would be made tomorrow.
While strongly criticising the happenings, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that Jadhav should be brought back.
Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant also raised the issue and said India should not keep silent on the matter. Describing Pakistan as “hypocritical”, Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy said the incident should be criticised and demanded that Swaraj should speak on the issue.
Condemning the incident, AIADMK M Thambidurai said asking a woman to remove her ‘mangal sutra’ is an insult to the country.
The meeting between Jadhav and his mother and wife took place on December 25 at the Pakistani foreign affairs ministry in Islamabad after repeated requests by India for family access.
Jadhav, who was arrested in March, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.
On Tuesday, India accused Pakistan of violating mutual understanding on 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 had said on Tuesday.