As RAW spy family leave Islamabad, Indian media terms Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting as result of international pressure

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As RAW spy family leave Islamabad, Indian media terms Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting as result of international pressure
NEW DELHI: Shortly after an interaction between jailed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and his mother and wife, Pakistan was at pains to clarify that this was not their "last meeting, Times of India has reported.

"This is not the last meeting. Let me say it categorically," news agency IANS quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal as saying at a press conference after the meeting.

Jadhav is on death row in Pakistan, for alleged "espionage and sabotage."

Faisal claimed that the meeting had not been organised to win the ongoing case at the International Court of Justice.

Pakistan also backtracked from its foreign minister's remarks from Sunday that Indian diplomat JP Singh's presence at the meeting could be called "consular access."

After India refuted the claim, the country's foreign office also explicitly said the meeting did not fall into said category.

"It was a humanitarian meeting, it was not consular access. Indian diplomat JP Singh was present and could see the meeting but was not allowed to meet (Jadhav)," said Faisal.

He said Pakistan would decide on consular access at an appropriate time, reported IANS.


The meeting at the Pakistan foreign office, held 21 months after his arrest, happened across a glass barrier, with Jadhav on one side, and his wife and mother on the other.

It was extended by 10 minutes following a request from Jadhav.

Pakistan has maintained that it permitted the meeting as a "humanitarian gesture, on the birthday of the father of the nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah".

However, it is suspected that it had more to do with the international pressure surrounding the case, than with any humanitarian considerations.

Jadhav, a 47-year-old retired Indian Navy officer was arrested by Pakistani counter-terrorism officials in March 2016, after being suspected of being involved in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi. A military court in April 2017 found him guilty of "espionage and sabotage" and sentenced him to death.