Kulbhushan Jadhav meets his mother, wife in Pakistan

Tammy Harvey
December 25, 2017

Moments after Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife met him in Islamabad, the Pakistan Foreign Office released a video of him thanking the authorities for facilitating the meeting.

A video confession given by Mr. Jadhav was played before the press briefing by the Ministry.

Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian navy, was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistan province of Baluchistan, where there has been a long-running conflict between national security forces and militant separatists.

"I requested a meeting with my wife and mother and I am thankful to Govt of Pakistan for this grand gesture", Jadhav, who appeared to be reading a script in front of him, said in the video.

Before the meeting, the security check of the family was conducted.

"The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav sitting comfortably in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan. They thanked us before leaving", Faisal said.

Kulbhushan's family, which travelled to Islamabad to meet him, would return shortly, as the meeting ended.


All the information about the meeting emerged through Pakistani Foreign Ministry tweets and images.

The wife, right, and mother, centre, of Kulbhushan Jadhav are escorted by an Indian diplomat after their meeting with Jadhav at the foreign ministry in Islamabad.

"They spoke openly during the meeting", Dr Faisal said, adding that the Indian deputy high commissioner JP Singh, who accompanied Jadhav's mother Avanti and wife Chetankul, was present outside the meeting room and did not hear the conversation that took place between the family members.

Pakistani officials insist Jadhav has confessed before the country's military court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency "to plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities" against Pakistan. The wife and mother greeted media persons with a namaste after arriving at the ministry but did not respond to their questions.

In India, officials downplayed the comments, maintaining that the Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access". It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the ministry.

After Jadhav was sentenced to death in April, India asked the World Court for an injunction to bar the execution, arguing that he was denied diplomatic assistance during what it says was an unfair trial. Jadhav's family arrived at the MoFA from the Indian High Commission where they stayed for more than half an hour.

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