Pakistan issues visas to Kulbhushan Yadav wife, mother

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Pakistan issues visas to Kulbhushan Yadav wife, mother

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Wednesday issued visas to the family of convicted spy Kulbhushan Yadav.

A foreign ministry statement said Pakistan had decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav 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,” said the statement.

It said: “Commander Kulbushan Jhadav alias Hussain Mubarak Patel, a serving commander of the Indian Navy, working with Indian intelligence agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) and was apprehended by Pakistan law enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016, after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan . He confessed before a magistrate and the court that he was tasked by the RAW to plan, coordinate and organise espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities aimed at destabilising and waging war against Pakistan .”

Pakistan has been refusing consular access to the convict and has also conveyed its decision to the International Court of Justice – hearing the Jadhav case.

In a letter to the ICJ, Pakistan invited the United Nations court’s attention towards Jadhav’s role in terror acts across Pakistan that resulted in scores of deaths in the past.