Islamabad, Nov 10: On humanitarian grounds, Pakistan today said it would allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife, adding the Indian High Commission in Islamabad has been informed of the decision.
The Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement “The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhudhan Jhadev (sic) 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.”
India has been trying to arrange a meeting of Jadhav with his family since July, had moved a visa application for his mother Avantika Jadhav, but Pakistan had not responded at the time.
Not only this, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had also penned a personal letter Pakistan Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz regarding a visa Jadhav’s mother, who wanted to meet her son languishing in an unknown military prison in Pakistan.
Pakistan military has granted death sentence to Jadhav in April, accusing him of spying, involvement in espionage and terrorist activities, which India repeatedly denied. But Pakistan claims security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.
Following this India moved to the International Court of Justice in Hague and in a bigger relief for Jadhav’s family and all Indian, ICJ stayed the execution of the former Navy officer till it reached its final verdict.