Pakistan allows family to meet jailed 'Indian spy'

Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife mother in Islamabad today

In the undated video, Jadhav says: "I am Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, number 4155 Zulu of the Indian Navy".

Pakistan portrayed the meeting as a humanitarian gesture, but if they believed in humanism, they should have allowed the family to meet Jadhav freely, she said.

"This is not their last meeting with him", he said, indicating that Jadhav would not be executed in the near future.

The wife (2L) and mother (L) of Kulbushan Jadhav leave after meeting with Jadhav at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad.

Earlier in the day, the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav met him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad for nearly 40 minutes after Pakistan allowed such interaction as a humanitarian gesture. It was the fist time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March a year ago, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah. The reply, which was submitted by the Foreign Office's Director, Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav's case did not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention. The communication between them was through an inter-com device. Jadhav spoke to his family members through an intercom. He added that Pakistan had allowed Jadhav's meeting with his kin purely on "humanitarian grounds". "We honor our commitments", a spokesman for Pakistan's foreign office, Mohammad Faisal, said in an earlier Twitter posting when the women first arrived at the ministry in Islamabad.

Pakistan released a picture of Jadhav's mother, Avanti, and wife, Chetankul, seated at a desk and speaking to him from behind a glass window.

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India's foreign affairs office has not responded to a request for comment on the meeting.

He further stated that India was not willing to let the family speak with the media and the FO was willing to ensure transparency and get answers to "many questions which Pakistan seeks answers to".

The two women looked visibly anxious and stressed before and after meeting Jadhav, and later returned to India by plane.

The meeting started at around 1.35pm and lasted about 45 minutes, after which the entire party remerged, and were driven away in a white SUV. "It should be categorically registered", he added.

The Indian Navy officer, who was arrested on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan and sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year for his involvement in terrorism and espionage, also thanked the Pakistani government for arranging the meeting.

Pakistani officials insist Jadhav has confessed before the country's military court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency "to plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities" against Pakistan.

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