Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan for letting him meet his family

Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan for letting him meet his family

Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan for letting him meet his family

Former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav's mother Avanti (C) and wife, Chetankul arrive to meet him at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan December 25, 2017. "As far as I know there were no private messages exchanged, but let us except that something is better than nothing particularly if it turns out to be the first step in the positive direction and that's what we must hope for", Tharoor added.

"Pakistan permits the meeting of wife and mother of Commander Jadhav with him, as a humanitarian gesture, on the birthday of the Father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah", Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted. The nuclear-armed countries each claim the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, and their forces regularly exchange fire there despite a 2003 cease-fire.

Pakistan portrayed the meeting as a humanitarian gesture, but if they believed in humanism, they should have allowed the family to meet Jadhav freely, she said. Pakistan has repeatedly rejected India's plea for consular access to Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), alleging that he is not an ordinary person and had entered the country with an intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. Islam is the religion of peace and advocates mercy. He said the visit was granted in accordance with Islamic customs despite Jadhav's involvement in "acts of terrorism".

Displaying a slide of the convicted spy's recent medical report, Faisal said he is in good health and the report states that his BMI and other health factors are normal. "Jadhav's actions at Indian behest have deprived many mothers of their sons and daughters".

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He said the meeting was originally scheduled to last half an hour but was extended by another 10 minutes. Jadhav's family had a brief stop at the mission again before they headed to the airport to catch a flight to India via Dubai. He said the case was still pending before the International Court of Justice, and that Jadhav had requested clemency from Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. He can still ask for a presidential pardon in case Bajwa turned down his mercy petition.

The World Court ordered Pakistan in May to delay Jadhav's execution, and said Islamabad had violated a treaty guaranteeing diplomatic assistance to foreigners accused of crimes. The passport showed he had travelled in and out of India 17 times, he added.

"I have been treated with dignity and honour and in a very professional manner by the Pakistani authorities".

Speaking of Pakistan's earlier offer to allow the family of Jhadav to address the media, the FO spokesperson expressed regret that the family did not participate in the press conference.

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