Kulbhushan Jadhav's family members must not be "questioned or harassed"

Kulbhushan Jadhav's family members must not be

Kulbhushan Jadhav's family members must not be "questioned or harassed"

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Office has told Mail Today that the administration is considering India's request to allow Jadhav's mother also to travel to Pakistan.

India has asked for "sovereign guarantee" from Pakistan that the safety and security of Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother would be ensured if they go to the neighbouring country to meet him.

MEA said that during the stay of Kulbhushan's wife and his mother in Pakistan, they should not be questioned and harassed. "Though the request was pending, India still responded positively to the offer made by Pakistan to arrange a meeting of Jadhav with his wife", Kumar said on Thursday. Last week, Pakistan said it is also "considering" India's request to let Jadhav's mother meet him, apart from his wife. In fact, the main basis of India's case against Pakistan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is Islamabad's violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by not responding to 13 Indian requests for consular access to Jadhav. Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.

The MEA has also asked the Pakistani government to allow a diplomat from India's High Commission in Pakistan to accompany the duo "at all times, including during the meeting".

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was arrested by Pakistan counter-terrorism officials in March 2016 on the suspicion that he was involved in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi.

India had approached the ICJ on May 8 demanding immediate suspension of Jadhav's death.

While Pakistan claims that Jadhav was arrested by security forces from Balochistan province on March 3 previous year after he reportedly entered from Iran, the Indian side maintains he was kidnapped from Iran where he developed business after retiring from the navy.

Hoping that Pakistan would facilitate visit by the wife and mother of Jadhav, Kumar said the government determined to "pursue all measures" with "full vigour" so as to secure the final release of an innocent Indian.

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