MEA briefs about Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with his wife, mother

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Pakistan's permission for Jadhav's wife to meet him followed a meeting between the Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, with Pakistan's High Commissioner in New Delhi, Sohail Mahmood.

India on Thursday asked Pakistan to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother also to travel along with his wife to meet him.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer was arrested by Pakistani agencies from Balochistan in March 2016, alleging that he was an Indian spy from Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). New Delhi has said the meeting may be arranged after a guarantee that none of them would detained, questioned or interrogated during the visit.

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India has also made it clear that Jadhav's wife will be accompanied by his mother too, whose request for a visa is still pending with the Pakistan Foreign office. It also approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May, which stayed the execution of Kulbhushan.

Reacting to Pakistan's announcement that Jadhav's wife will be allowed to meet him purely on "humanitarian grounds", the MEA official said, "There was a long-standing request from the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to visit Pakistan and meet her son". India urges Pakistan to provide a Sovereign guarantee for her security and safety. Pakistan is "upset" over India's insistence on a diplomat accompanying them, sources told BusinessLine.

This is a significant demand as so far, Pakistan has refused to allow Jadhav to contact any Indian government official, either during his trial or after sentencing. However, this offer of Pakistan is a surprise for the Indian side. India says Jadhav was a businessman in Iran from where he was kidnapped and paraded by Pakistan's shadowy ISI as an Indian "spy". The Indian government is a little wary of the Pakistan offer, particularly since Jadhav's mother's application has not found a favourable response from the Pak government. Pakistan's offer to allow Jadhav's wife meet him comes days before Pakistan is to file a memorandum in the ICJ over India's allegations.

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