Kulbushan Jadhav: Pakistan lets family meet ‘Indian spy’

Kulbushan Jadhav: Pakistan lets family meet 'Indian spy'


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Pakistan foreign ministry

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Pakistani officials released photos of Jadhav meeting his mother and wife at the foreign ministry

The family of an Indian ex-navy officer facing a death sentence for spying in Pakistan has been allowed to visit him.

The mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav met him in Islamabad on Monday, amid arguments between the two countries over his conviction.

Pakistan said Mr Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan in 2016 and it has produced videos that it says are confessions.

India has argued that he was kidnapped by Pakistan while he was in Iran and has been tried on “concocted charges”.

Jadhav’s mother, Avanti, and his wife, Chetankul, were accompanied by Indian diplomats during the visit.

The family met him at the Pakistani foreign ministry in Islamabad and were scheduled to take a flight back to Delhi in the evening.

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Mr Jadhav’s family arrived in Islamabad under tight security

Pakistan foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that the meeting was allowed on “humanitarian grounds”.

BBC Hindi’s Shumaila Jaffery in Islamabad says the women were brought to the Pakistan foreign office building amid tight security.

“Both women looked very serious. They didn’t say anything despite journalists shouting questions at them. They quietly walked towards the building,” our correspondent adds.

Who is Kulbhushan Jadhav?

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There have been protests In India against Pakistan’s decision to execute Mr Jadhav

  • The 46-year-old was a resident of Mumbai
  • He is the son of retired Mumbai police officer Sudhir Jadhav
  • A former officer, he was in the navy for more than a dozen years
  • His family says he quit the navy to start his own business and was working at Iran’s Chabahar port
  • He was given a death sentence by a military court in April 2017
  • He is married and has children

The two countries are also fighting a legal case over Mr Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

In May, the ICJ ordered Pakistan not to execute him until it had time to hear the case brought by India.

There have been differing accounts of how and where Mr Jadhav was detained.

Pakistan says he was held on 3 March 2016 in its restive Balochistan province. The area has been hit by a separatist insurgency, which Islamabad accuses India of backing. India says he was kidnapped by Pakistan while he was in Iran.

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Pakistan says Mr Jadhav was arrested in the province of Balochistan in March last year

The nuclear-armed neighbours have a long history of diplomatic rows, and the governments in Delhi and Islamabad often accuse each other of sending spies into their territories.

In November last year, Pakistan withdrew six officials from its mission in Delhi when India accused them of being spies.

It later leaked to the press the names and photos of eight alleged Indian spies working at India’s mission in Islamabad.

However, executions for spying are rare.

In 1999, Pakistan hanged Sheikh Shamim 10 years after convicting him of spying.

Sarabjit Singh died in prison in Pakistan in 2013 after more than 20 years on death row. Officials said he was attacked by other prisoners.


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