On Friday, Pakistan allowed Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife and mother on December 25, according to reports. Kulbhushan Jadhav is on death row in Pakistan. In a press conference conducted by the Ministry of External Affairs, the official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the Pakistani government has assured the safety of both mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav during their stay in Pakistan. The MEA spokesperson also said that the Pakistan government has allowed a diplomat to accompany the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today Pakistan has conveyed to India that it will give visas to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav. On charges of espionage and terrorism, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal. Swaraj said Pakistan had earlier agreed to give a visa only to Jadhav’s wife but India asked that a visa should also be given to his mother. “We also raised concern about their safety and security in Pakistan. The government of Pakistan has conveyed that they will give visa to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Swaraj tweeted.
India had requested for a Pakistani visa for Jadhav’s mother, Avantika, who wanted to meet her son in Pakistan. 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. In October, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.
India approached the ICJ on May 18 to restrain Pakistan from executing Jadhav. The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.
Pakistan has maintained that 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 Navy. Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.