Kulbhushan Jadhav, Facing Death Sentence In Pak, Allowed To Meet Wife

Foreign Office has confirmed extending the offer to Indian government

Foreign Office has confirmed extending the offer to Indian government

Pakistan government has chose to allow former Indian naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on a death row for espionage, to meet his wife on humanitarian grounds.

The Pakistan Foreign Office, in a statement said, "The Government of Pakistan has made a decision to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhudhan Jhadev (sic) with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds".

It is not clear what prompted Islamabad to allow Jadhav's wife to meet him in Pakistan, the Express Tribune reported.

According to reputed sources, speculations were flying high about the recent successful meeting between India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj and the newly-appointed Pakistani diplomatist to national capital Sohail Mahmood, the daily said.

The Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent and Naval Officer 41558Z Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav alias Hussain Mubarak Patel was arrested by Pakistani law enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016 after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan.

On April 10, 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan.

Although, India acknowledged that Jadhav had served in the Indian Navy but denied any connection with the government.

India had many times requested a Pakistani visa for Jadhav's mother, Avantika, who wished to meet her son in Pakistan prison.

Islamabad claims that Jadhav was captured from its restive Balochistan province in March previous year. He was sentenced to death by a military court. India had requested Pakistan months ago to grant a visa to his mother on Humanitarian grounds. The memorial (written pleadings) was submitted by India to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on September 15.

In May this year, India moved the International Court of Justice against the death sentence without giving him a fair trial.

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