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PAKISTAN ISSUES VISA TO WIFE, MOTHER OF INDIAN NAVAL OFFICER KULBHUSHAN JADHAV ON DEATH ROW, LIKELY TO MEET HIM ON DEC 25

The Hush Post: Pakistan issued visa on Wednesday to wife and mother of  Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on ‘humanitarian grounds’. Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism, where he allegedly got in through Iran in April 2016. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May this year halted his execution pending the final verdict, when India raised the matter in the international court. “The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued visas to the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav to visit Islamabad to meet him, today,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted. The Pakistan Foreign Office sources said that adequate security measures will be taken for complete safety of Jadhav’s family. However, it has not responded to New Delhi’s request for a sovereign guarantee to ensure their safety and security during the visit. Earlier this month, Pakistan had given Jadhav’s mother and wife permission to meet him on December 25, in the presence of an Indian high commission official. Pakistan has rejected India’s request for consular access to Jadhav thirteen times. The last time India made such a request was on December 13, which Pakistan rejected claiming that New Delhi wants the information gathered by its ‘spy’. On November 10, Pakistan had offered to arrange a meeting between Jadhav and his wife. A Note Verbale to this effect was sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. India insisted that Jadhav’s mother be included as well, with an Indian High Commission official present during the meeting. Pakistan accepted both demands.

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