Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with wife, mother obscured by glass screen, Pakistan propaganda

25 December, 2017, 18:52 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Pakistan lets family meet Kulbhushan Jadhav

India feels today's meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family was as much an image-building exercise as a tacit message from Pakistan to New Delhi, and so represents a "major climbdown". The mother and wife of Jadhav were being provided with a meeting with him in the light of "Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds", Faisal had said.

Mohammed Faisal, spokesperson, Pakistan foreign ministry, said: "Commander Jadhav is the face of Indian terrorism in Pakistan".

The Foreign Office official maintained that RAW spy was caught red-handed and he confessed to his involvement in carrying out subversive activities in Pakistan.

Jadhav's mother and wife left India on Monday accompanied by an official of the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

One may argue here that Pakistan may have made them change their clothes before they met Kulbhushan, but then there are pictures from after the meeting that show them wearing the same clothes that they were wearing before the meeting.

In June 2017, India had dismissed as "farcical" Pakistan releasing a fresh "confessional video" of Jadhav and had said that "manufactured facts" could not alter the reality in the case. Jadhav's wife and mother greeted the media persons after arrival but refused to respond to their questions.

Pakistan issues visas to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, wife
India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. The Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan will also be allowed to accompany Jadhav's family during the meeting.

"The family members of Indian spy looked satisfied and they thanked Pakistan for the gesture" said Dr Faisal.

Earlier Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife reached the Foreign Office from Indian High Commission along an Indian diplomat amid tight security.

The roads leading from and to the Foreign Office building have been closed to traffic ahead of the meeting.

The ICJ suspended the execution, pending final judgment by the court.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran.

India says Jadhav is a former officer of the Indian navy but he rejects the charges against him as baseless, saying he has no connection with the government.

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