Monday, 19 November, 2018

Kulbhushan Jadhav meets family in a farcical PR exercise by Pakistan

Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife mother in Islamabad today Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife mother in Islamabad today
Andrew Cummings | 27 December, 2017, 02:14

Faisal made it obvious that Pakistan had hoped through this meeting they might be able to extract some evidence about his involvement with India's top spying department - Research and Analysis Wing - and make his mother and wife concede that he was indeed a servicing officer of the Indian Navy.

"Jadhav is the face of Indian terror in Pakistan. A mother, who has not seen her son for 22 months, went to meet him with a lot of expectations, but she was allowed to see him through a glass".

From Pakistan's side, Foreign Office Director India Dr Fareha Bugti was present at the meeting. In a crumpled blue blazer, with injury marks visible on his left ear - telltale signs of torture - 47-year-old Jadhav appeared remarkably composed.

Hours after Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife met him in Pakistan's Islamabad, with a glass barrier in between, defence experts criticised the meeting and termed it as inhuman.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan govt for allowing him to meet his family
Pakistan and India are bitter regional rivals that have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Jadhav was identified in India as the son of Sudhir Jadhav, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mumbai.

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Subsequently, he released pictures of the "meeting", showing Jadhav, looking tired and haggard in a blue suit at least two sizes too large for him, speaking to his wife and mother divided by a glass wall. "They did not object to it. Commander Jadhav was also aware of it", the spokesperson said. The request for a meeting with the mother had been pending since April 2017. It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the ministry. "I have been treated with dignity and honour and in a very professional manner by the Pakistani authorities", Jadhav said, in the video.

Jadhav, in the video that was apparently shot before he got to meet his kin, also said that he had requested to meet his family members and that he was grateful to the Pakistan Government for letting that happen.

Earlier Monday, foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told a Pakistani media channel that Pakistan has granted India consular access to Jadhav since an Indian diplomat will be accompanying the prisoner's wife and mother. Strict security measures are in place at the ministry, officials said. Roads leading to the Constitution Avenue, on which MOFA is located, were closed for traffic. He insisted that the meeting was arranged in the light of "Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds". Pakistan on 20 December issued visa to Jadhav's wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.

"This meeting has nothing to do with the case pending before the International Court of Justice or with politics", Dr Faisal said. The ICJ halted his execution on India's appeal pending the final verdict by it. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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