Pakistan govt allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife

Kulbhushan Jadhav former Indian naval officer

Kulbhushan Jadhav Kulbhushan Jadhav former Indian naval officer

Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) has welcomed the decision of the Pakistani government, offering India a meeting of Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife on humanitarian grounds.

A Note Verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

"The Government of Pakistan has chose to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds", Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday.

The statement goes on to reiterate the allegations against Jhadav, saying he was apprehended by Pakistani agencies after he "illegally crossed over into Pakistan" and while he was "working with Indian Intelligence Agency/RAW".

He was arrested in March 2016 on the espionage charges and Pakistan claimed the Indian national to be involved in "terrorist activities" in the restive Balochistan region.

India has moved to have consular access to Jadhav as per United Nations conventions more than 15 times, but Pakistan had rejected all such proposals.

Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.

In a major breakthrough, Pakistan today allowed Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife to visit him in jail.

However, Pakistan's statement indicated that it was still reluctant to accept India's assertion that Jadhav had no links to the government and was not a R&AW spy.

Pakistan grants Kulbhushan Jhadhav permission to meet wife.

In a reaction to the move, Pakistan's relations with neighbour India tensed, and India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hear the case.

Pakistan falsely claimed its security forces arrested Jadhav from Balochistan on March 3 previous year.

On 18 May, the ICJ ruled that Jadhav must not be put to death by Islamabad until the ICJ has had enough time to pass the final judgment in the case, and ordered a stay against the execution. Pakistan will submit its counter-pleadings in the case on December 13.

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