Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife on ‘humanitarian ground’

NAYANIMA BASU New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018
Kulbhushan Jadhav. File Photo

Kulbhushan Jadhav


Pakistan government has allowed former Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav serving death sentence there to meet his wife on “humanitarian grounds.”

“The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhudhan Jhadev with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds. A Note Verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today,” stated a press statement from the Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.

Jadhav was apprehended by Pakistan law enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly crossed over to Pakistan illegally. According to the Pakistani government, Jadhav was working with Indian Intelligence Agency – RAW – when he was arrested.

However, it was not clear whether Pakistan has granted visa to his parents.

“Jadhav confessed before a Magistrate and the Court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities aimed at destabilizing and waging war against Pakistan,” Pakistan said.

Meanwhile, Jadhav is believed to have filed a second mercy petition with Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Bajwa. The first petition was filed within 40 days of his arrest that took place on March 3, 2016. If the second request is also rejected, Jadhav will get 90 days to seek clemency from Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.

He had filed the first petition with the Military Appellate Court, which has been rejected, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of the Pakistani army.

India and Pakistan are fighting out the case in UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague. In September, India presented its written pleadings, also known as memorials, at the ICJ as per its directive. Pakistan will be producing its memorial next month.

Published on November 10, 2017

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