- Pakistan allows Kulbhushan’s meeting with his mother and wife;
Indian Deputy Higher Commissioner denies media access to them;
Diplomat present in the room was not allowed to speak or listen
- Indian media gives credit of Jadhav’s meeting with family to Modi;
Spy was allowed to meet mother, wife as humanitarian gesture and
Jadhav’s mother, wife expressed satisfaction and thanked Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: After the meeting between the convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family, the Foreign Office (spokesperson clearly said on Monday that Commander Jadhav is the face of Indian terrorism in Pakistan.
Speaking to a press briefing today, he told that the particular day was chosen for the meeting as it is the birth anniversary of Pakistan’s founder, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He told that it is the first meeting between Jadhav and his family but not the last.
The meeting of Indian spy with wife Chetankul and mother Avanti concluded at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The request of Jadhav’s mother to extend the meeting duration was also addressed, he added. Dr. Faisal said that the Indian Deputy High Commissioner was not allowed to speak to Jadhav for concerns of consular access. He said, “The diplomat was present during the meeting and he could see Commander Jadhav. He was not allowed to speak or listen to the conversation of Commander Jadhav with this wife and mother.”
“He (Jadhav) confessed about his condemnable actions before a Judicial Magistrate and court. He also stated that he was tasked by the Research Analysis Wing (RAW), the Indian intelligence agency, to plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorism and sabotage aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan. He made every effort to impede the efforts of the Law Enforcement Agencies and was eventually caught red handed. During his trial at the Field General Court Martial, he was provided a defending officer as per the law of the land.”
He talked about Pakistan’s wish to invite the Indian media to talk to Jadhav’s mother which was turned down by India. FO spokesperson said, “The Indian side requested that they wanted to avoid media interaction.”
It was clarified that the meeting was not held to win the case in the International Court of Justice, but on humanitarian grounds. FO told that Jadhav’s mother and wife expressed satisfaction at the meeting and thanked Pakistan.
He notified India of Pakistani concerns regarding medical visas, highlighting that the neighbouring country used to issue at least 500 visas per month in past.
FO also presented the medical examination of Indian spy Jadhav dated December 22, showing he is of good health as contrary to the Indian claims.
Meanwhile, Indian media wrongly credited their Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the meeting between convicted RAW spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family, contrary to the clarification of Pakistan Foreign Office that the meeting was held on humanitarian grounds.
The neighbouring country has not let any stone unturned to promote hatred amongst the citizens of both countries by highlighting the negative side of Jadhav’s meeting with his wife and mother. The credit was also given to Indian PM Modi who, in fact, played no role in the development.
The Indian media also complained why there was a glass shield between the terrorist commander and his family. They pointed out that Pakistan is only backing the meeting to make its case strong.
Before FO released pictures of the meeting, the media in the arch-rival state expressed concerns on why Jadhav is not shown during the meeting with wife and mother. The negative propaganda sponsored by the Indian state is an act to sabotage the humanitarian effort, experts opined.
The meeting of the Indian spy with wife Chetankul and mother Avanti has on Monday concluded at the Pakistan Foreign Office and lasted for around 40 minutes. Jadhav and his family thanked the Foreign Office for arranging the meeting.
The foreign office noted that terrorist Jadhav is the face of Indian terrorism in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the meeting of Indian spy and terrorist Kulbhushan Jadhav with wife Chetankul and mother Avanti has on Monday concluded at the Pakistan Foreign Office.
A couple of FO officials along with Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh were also present during the meeting which lasted around 40 minutes. Jadhav thanked the Foreign Office for arranging the meeting. Chetankul and Avanti are expected to fly back to India later this evening.
Earlier, the visitors arrived at Benazir Bhutto International Airport via Emirates Airlines flight EK-612. All paths leading towards diplomatic enclave were closed and red zone area was sealed temporarily with barriers. 500 police officials were appointed for security. Jadhav’s wife and mother were first taken to High Commission of India from the airport, and then to Pakistan Foreign Office.
Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement had said that Pakistan has permitted 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-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The spokesperson was addressing a news briefing after the meeting between Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and his mother and wife in Islamabad on Monday afternoon.
The spokesperson said that upon completion of investigation, Pakistan offered India that the wife of commander Jadhav may visit him and we received a request from India that the mother of the commander may also be permitted to meet him and an India diplomat may also accompany the ladies. He said the request was considered and the permission was granted.
Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the diplomat was present during the meeting and he could see Commander Jadhav. He said the diplomat was not allowed to speak or to listen to the conversation between Commander Jadhav and the ladies.
He said Pakistan wanted the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav to speak to the media, but the Indian side requested that they wanted to avoid the media interaction. He said that this was done in the spirit that Pakistan has nothing to hide.
It is worth mentioning here that Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 from Balochistan. The in-service Indian navy officer was tried by a military court and sentenced to death after he confessed to be working against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), creating unrest in Balochistan and parts of Pakistan on orders of the Indian intelligence agency.
Pakistan had cautioned Indian government on Saturday over convicted spy’s meeting with his family as deadline for a response neared and Indian government was yet to approach Pakistan with a formal nod.
Indian government was warned on Saturday to reply on the issue by midnight otherwise the offer was to be withdrawn. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Faisal had stated on the same night that the meeting was confirmed on December 25.
In the statement, FO spokesperson told that India confirmed the plans of arrival of Jadhav’s mother and wife. They will arrive on Monday and leave on the same day along with Indian Deputy High Commissioner (DHC), he had informed. – NNI