Vastavam web: Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav Monday met his wife and mother at the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry here for the first time since his arrest in March last yearAccompanied by Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh and a Pakistani woman official, TV footage showed Jadhav’s mother, Avanti, and wife, Chetankul, entering the main building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the door shutting behind them.The meeting, which started at around 1.35 pm and was expected to last 30 minutes, has ended, the Foreign Office said. The meeting was held at the Foreign Ministry’s Agha Shahi Block.
This is the first meeting between Jadhav, who was convicted of espionage, and his family since his arrest on March 3 last year.”The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav sitting comfortably in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan. We honour our commitments,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal earlier tweeted along with a picture of the visitors.From Pakistan’s side, Foreign Office Director India Dr Fareha Bugti was present at the meeting.Jadhav was at the ministry before his family arrived. It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the foreign ministry.
The two women arrived in the capital via Dubai in a commercial flight and are expected to leave soon after the meeting.Roads leading to the Constitution Avenue, on which the ministry is located, were closed for traffic. Special security passes were issued for those visiting the Foreign Office, the officials added.The mother and wife of Jadhav were being provided with a meeting with him in the light of “Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds,” Faisal had earlier said.
Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran.