Indian media gives credit of Jadhav's meeting with family to PM Modi

Kristopher Drake
December 27, 2017

After lunch at the Embassy, Jadhav's mother and wife were taken to the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad where an area was prepared specially for this much-hyped meeting.

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The 30-minute meeting started at 1.48 p.m in the presence of Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh, Geo News reported. Islamabad Expressway was closed for traffic movement whereas special pickets were also placed on exit and entry points of twin cities to check the vehicles.

After their meeting, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal addressed the media and repeated its old allegations against Jadhav. Meanwhile, the Islamabad Traffic Police and administration also blocked roads leading to Foreign Office and the Diplomatic Enclave by placing barricades and sealed the Red Zone.

"The Indian diplomat could see the meeting but was not allowed to meet".

Earlier in the day, Pakistan said that today's meet between Jadhav and his family - was purely allowed on humanitarian grounds. A military court in April 2017 found him guilty of "espionage and sabotage" and sentenced him to death. Sensing an immediate danger to Jadhav's life, India, in a separate request, asked the court for indication of provisional measures, "pursuant to Article 41 of the Statute of the Court".

New Delhi on May 8 moved the ICJ after waiting for 11 days for Islamabad to respond to its latest and the 16th request for granting the High Commission of India in Pakistan "consular access" to Jadhav. Security is paramount. Indian Government was informed about the glass wall. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran. Jadhav spoke to his family members through an intercom.

"I requested a meeting with my wife and mother and I am thankful to Government of Pakistan for this gesture", Jadhav said in the brief video message.

"This meeting has nothing to do with the case pending before the International Court of Justice or with politics", Dr Faisal said. These were the first visuals of the Indian held in a Pakistan jail.

Faizal's remark comes at a time when the debate of consular access has been raging wide and hot between the both countries.

In India for example, even when a spy is arrested, the law demands that they be presented before a judicial magistrate within 24 hours of the arrest.

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