Jadhav meets wife, mother in Pak

Jadhav meets wife, mother in Pak
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Islamabad: Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan for alleged spying, today met his wife and mother — but separated by a glass screen — in a carefully choreographed event that unfolded in tweets, photos and TV footage.
The 40-minute meeting, which took place after many representations, took place at the heavily guarded Foreign Affairs Ministry building, and came after the International Court of Justice asked Pakistan in May to stay his execution.
It was the fist time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humnaitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country’s founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
“Pakistan permits the meeting of wife and mother of Commander Jadhav with him, as a humanitarian gesture, on the birthday of the Father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted.
The tween made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran. It claims that he was in possession of an Indian passport that identified him as Hussein Mubarak Patel.
India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.
Faisal also tweeted that the meeting was arranged in light of “Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds.”
TV footage showed Jadhav’s mother Avanti and wife Chetankul entering the ministry building’s Agha Shahi Block, accompanied by India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh and a Pakistani woman official. After they went in, the door shut behind them.
Pakistan Foreign Office later released pictures of Jadhav talking to his wife and mother from behind a glass screen. The communication between them was through a intercom device.
The meeting started at around 1.35 pm and lasted about 45 minutes, after which the entire party remerged, and were driven away in a white SUV.
The two women had arrived in Islamabad earlier today via Dubai on a commercial flight, and spent about 30 minutes at the Indian Embassy before being driven to the Foreign Ministry. They are expected to stay at the Indian Embassy for a few hours before retracing their path back to India later this evening.
Before the meeting, the security check of the family was performed.
All the information about the meeting emerged through Pakistani Foreign Ministry tweets and images.
“The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav sitting comfortably in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan. We honour our commitments,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal earlier tweeted along with a picture of the visitors.
From Pakistan’s side, Foreign Office Director for India, Dr Fareha Bugti, was present at the meeting.
The wife and mother greeted media persons with a namaste after arriving at the ministry but did not respond to their questions.
They also did not talk to the reporters while leaving the building, although journalists kept shouting questions.
Jadhav was at the ministry before his family arrived. It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the Foreign Ministry.
TV footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav’s family in the city.
Police and paramilitary security forces, including sharpshooters, were deployed at the ministry to deal with any untoward security situation, they said.
Roads leading to the Constitution Avenue, on which the ministry is located, were closed for traffic. Special security passes were issued for those visiting the Foreign Office, the officials added.
Pakistan on December 20 issued visa to Jadhav’s wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.
Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May. It is expected to hold another hearing in March or April.
Earlier today Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told a Pakistani media channel that Pakistan has granted India consular access to Jadhav since an Indian diplomat will be accompanying the prisoner’s wife and mother.
In India, officials downplayed the comments, maintaining that the Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav’s family and it cannot be construed as “consular access”.

One Response to "Jadhav meets wife, mother in Pak"

  1. SKChadha   December 26, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Preliminary assessment of this farce meeting:
    a) Watch the two photographs in Pak Media of Kulbhushan’s mother at Pak Foreign Office. Both pictures are suggested to be at Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the meeting took place. Please let the public know as to why this old lady had to change her Sari and required to wear Salwar Suit for this farce meeting? … 😀 😀 😀
    b) Except confession, not even a single evidence against this man in public domain whereas everyone is alleging about evidence against him?
    c) There is no meeting, only face showing and online talk?
    d) When family tried to talk in native language, Jadhav was shown asking his family to talk only in English. This shows a clear sign of duress?
    e) Both sides were saparated with thick glass wall under spycam surveillance?
    f) No media or counselor was allowed to be present?
    g) There are visible torture marks on backside of neck and scull?
    h) Medical report in media doesn’t signed by the Doctor?
    i) Doctor not traceable, the hospital suggest that he is on leave?
    j) The Medical report is typed and signed on different times as date of report is handwritten?
    k) The reason of glass wall is stated to be “Security reason”? Security in GoP building of what?
    l) Surprisingly, during meeting with family Jadhav was in Blue Coat and immidiately after that he had purported given thanks to Pakistan for meeting. In that thanking statement he had different cloths which shows that two of them are of different time?
    m) The thanks giving statement of Kulbhushanalso suggest in last line that it is FINAL version? There appears to be some editing problem … 😀
    ……
    What a goof up. The GoP is considering entire world as fool …..? 😀 😀 😀

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