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Visas for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother being processed, says Pakistan

This is the first time Jadhav will meet someone from the Indian side since the Pakistani military announced his arrest in March 2016.

world Updated: Dec 16, 2017 22:28 IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad
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File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.(PTI)

Pakistan on Saturday said authorities were processing the visa applications of the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a military court for alleged involvement in espionage and subversive activities.

“Visa applications of mother and wife of Commander Jadhav received for their visit on humanitarian grounds. Being processed,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

Faisal did not give other details. The wife and mother of Jadhav, who has not been granted consular access since he was detained by the Pakistani military in March last year, are expected to meet him on December 25.

Last month, Pakistan had offered to facilitate a meeting between Jadhav and his wife. India responded by saying that Jadhav’s mother and an Indian diplomat should also be allowed to meet him. This was subsequently accepted by Islamabad.

Pakistan has also said “requisite security” will be provided to Jadhav’s mother and wife during their visit.

This is the first time Jadhav will meet someone from the Indian side since the Pakistani military announced he had been arrested in Balochistan on March 3, 2016. Pakistan has spurned more than 30 Indian requests for consular access.

The external affairs ministry has described the Pakistani move as a “positive development and good news”.

After India approached the International Court of Justice, Jadhav’s execution was stayed by The Hague-based court till it gives its final ruling in the matter. India has dismissed the charges levelled against Jadhav by Pakistan and said he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar, where he was running a business.

Both countries have filed their “memorials” or submissions to the ICJ, which is expected to begin hearings in the case soon.

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 22:28 IST