Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, wife meet him at Foreign Office amid tight security

Posted December 27, 2017

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.

Jadhav met his wife and mother at the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry in Islamabad for around 40 minutes, but interacted through a glass panel and intercom.

Faizal further reiterated the government's stand and "categorically" denied it was a consular access even as Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was present during the meeting.

Jadhav confessed before a Magistrate and the Court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, coordinate and organize espionage / sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of Law Enforcement Agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi. Jadhav, who seen in a blue-coloured suit while meeting his family, was wearing a sweater in the clip raising several questions. Prior to the meeting, the family had to leave their mobile phones at the High Commission. Dr Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson of Pakistan's MOFA, said that the meeting was allowed as a humanitarian gesture on the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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Faisal said that since Pakistan has allowed Jadhav's family to meet him, India should also allow the families of detained Kashmiris to meet their relatives. "A mother, who has not seen her son for 22 months, went to meet him with a lot of expectations, but she was allowed to see him through a glass". We extended the meeting by 10 minutes on the request of Jadhav's family. He insisted that the meeting was arranged in the light of "Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds". It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the ministry. "We had to come at a meeting point, so we did not accept some of their (India's) conditions. We will decide about it in due course", foreign office spokesperson said.

A new video featuring Jadhav was released to the media by the foreign office after the meeting ended. Faisal made it obvious that Pakistan had hoped through this meeting they might be able to extract some evidence about his involvement with India's top spying department - Research and Analysis Wing - and make his mother and wife concede that he was indeed a servicing officer of the Indian Navy.

"Today I genuinely after the time having spent in Pakistan I feel very ashamed and l genuinely seek pardon of the acts and sins and crimes I have committed here against the nation and the people of Pakistan", he had said, in the video.