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Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with wife, mother obscured by glass screen, Pakistan propaganda

25 December 2017

Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, clad in a blue jacket, met with his wife and mother at Pakistan's foreign ministry in the capital, where they spoke through a glass barrier, pictures issued by the ministry showed. "We honour our commitments", a spokesman for Pakistan's foreign office, Mohammad Faisal, said in an earlier Twitter posting when the women first arrived at the ministry in Islamabad.

"It was around 35 minutes long. We permitted the Indian request purely on humanitarian grounds as in accordance with Islamic morals and teachings", he said, adding "many mothers have lost their sons" due to "Commander Jadhav's action at Indian behest". He also repeated Pakistan's old allegations against the Indian prisoner. In India, officials however downplayed the comments by the Pakistani minister, maintaining that an Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access". Pakistan rejected India's assertions while submitting its reply to ICJ last week. The meeting started at around 1.35 pm and lasted about 45 minutes.

Islamabad defended its stance of not granting diplomatic access to Jadhav, insisting he is a serving officer of the Indian navy and entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out subversive acts.

The video of Jadhav played during the press conference was recorded before his meeting with his family, officials said. TV footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family in the city. It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the ministry.

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On the question why a glass wall was put between them during the meeting, he said it was done "for security reasons".

"Kulbhushan travelled between Pakistan, India, Dubai and Thailand for around 17 times" said the official and added that Pakistan had submitted counter-memorial to India's claim before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on December 13th. It is expected to hold another hearing in March or April.

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".

Pakistani officials said Jadhav was in good health.

Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with wife, mother obscured by glass screen, Pakistan propaganda