Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan violates the spirit of foreign understandings, says MEA

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Story highlights

  • The mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav recently met MEA Sushma Swaraj
  • This meeting was done after they had met Jadhav in Pakistan
  • Jadhav was kept separate from the family by a glass barrier
  • MEA conducts a press conference and shares the highlights of meeting

The Former Naval officer of Indian Navy, Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan and sent to conviction by the Pakistani Army last year. Jadhav was having charges of being an Indian Spy is under the bars since then, but now he was allowed to meet his family. His mother and wife recently met him and after this meeting, they met the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is in a continuous touch with the case.

Jadhav kept behind a glass barrier

The mother and wife of former Naval Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav have recently met him in Pakistani Jail. Jadhav is behind the bars since he was arrested by the Army of Pakistan.

After the meeting, both mother and wife of Kulbhushan have met the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at her residence.

During the meeting, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar were also present at the residence of the Minister.

Both the ladies while sharing the details of their meeting with Kulbhushan said that he was kept behind a glass barrier due to some security reasons.

The Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), to this end, clarified that the screen was placed due to security reasons and that Jadhav already knew this would be the setting.

Before meeting his kin, a video was shot in which Jadhav said that he had requested to meet his family members and that he was grateful to the Pakistan Government for letting that happen.

Jadhav’s wife and mother, before meeting him, had visited the Indian High Commission in the Pakistani capital, after which they moved to the MoFA building.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad JP Singh was also present during the meeting.

Pakistan had agreed to facilitate the visit of Jadhav’s family and also assured their safety, security, and freedom of movement in the country.

Sushma Swaraj is in a continuous touch with the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav and due to her efforts in the International Court of Justice(ICJ), Kulbhushan’s case falls in the favor of India and the family was allowed to meet him.

Pakistan violates the letter and spirit of Foreign Understandings
The Ministry of External Affairs has recently conducted a press conference after the meeting of Kulbhushan’s Family with MEA Sushma Swaraj.

The MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar while conducting the press conference said that India abides all the instructions during the process of meeting with Jadhav, but Pakistan has not done so and violated the spirit of foreign understandings.

Adding to this, Kumar also said, “The manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath was clearly an attempt to bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav’s alleged activities. You would all agree that this exercise lacked any credibility”.

Kumar also said, “for some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, the shoes of the wife of Shri Jadhav were not returned to her after the meeting. We would caution against any mischievous intent in this regard”.

“Unde the pretext of security precautions, cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded. This included removal of mangal sutra, bangles, and bindi, as well as a change in attire that was not warranted by security,” Kumar asserted.

Kumar while giving the details also mentioned the Pakistani media and its harassment with the family by reaching them without consent as they were not allowed to the close access.

Apart from this, the mother of Jadhav was not allowed to speak in her mother tongue and was continuously being interrupted by the officers present there.

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