An alive Kulbhushan Jadhav is better for Pakistan than an executed one
ISLAMABAD: Concivted Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav 's wife and mother met him today along with Pakistani and Indian diplomats here. The meeting was arranged at the foreign ministry and the 'guests' were given VVIP protocol, which invited criticism.
A contingent of media representatives covered every development despite the fact that they were not allowed to speak to the duo from India. Dr Fareha Bugti attended the meeting for Pakistan while India Deputy High Commisioner J P Singh represented his country.
The two, Chetenkul and Avanti, arrived at Benazir Bhutto International Airport via Emirates Airlines flight EK-612 this morning. All roads leading towards diplomatic enclave were closed and red zone area was sealed temporarily with barriers. 500 police officials were appointed for security.
Jadhav 's wife and mother will fly back to India this evening after the meeting. A day before the much hyped meeting, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal had said hanging Kulbhushan Jadhav did not suit Pakistan as his existence would keep the case alive. Faisal said Pakistan was in no hurry to execute the Indian spy as he still had his mercy appeal pending before the army chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa. “Even if the army chief rejects his appeal, he can still file another appeal to the President (Mamnoon Hussain).
The army chief can take a decision in minutes or years. Same is the case with the President. His (Jadhav’s) existence is better than his death for us. This will keep the case alive. Or he will vanish like Ajmal Kasab (who was executed by India for alleged role in 2008 Mumbai attacks),” said the spokesperson.
He said the delay in Jadhav’s execution is not to bargain for Colonel Mohammed Habib (retd) release. “This case has nothing to do with that. We have some many other things if we wanted a bargain,” he argued. Jadhav was arrested last year in the Balochistan province for spying and stoking terrorism and sectarianism in the country.