Pakistan allows Indian 'spy' on death row to meet family

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Pakistan allows Indian 'spy' on death row to meet family

Vijay Konjiya, a close friend of the Jadhavs said in excitement, "This is a very happy news for all of us who know the Jadhavs because we know how much the family wanted to meet Kulbhushan".

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday shared images where mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav could be seen meeting the detained Indian prisoner. "They thanked us before leaving", Faisal said.

"India should take up Jadhav's case even more forcefully while the global community should put pressure on Pakistan and expose them", she said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. It was the first time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March 2016, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Jadhav's family had a brief stop at the mission again before they headed to the airport to catch a flight to India via Dubai. "This shows the hatred and enmity Pakistan harbours towards India".

"The mother and wife of Jadhav will be able to see and talk to him but there will be a partition between them for security reasons", said the official, who is involved in making arrangements for the meeting.

India's deputy high commissioner J P Singh will accompany the visitors to the meeting. Faisal said Jadhav was the "face of Indian terrorism, especially in Pakistan".

Other than media and security personnel, no other traffic was allowed in the area around the Pakistan MoFA building.

"As many as 500 police men have been deputed in Diplomatic Enclave and Red Zone to provide security to family of Indian spy", a senior police officer told media.

New Delhi asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May to stop Islamabad from executing Jadhav, arguing he was denied diplomatic assistance during what India called an "unfair trial".

Jadhav was arrested in March this year, in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of alleged involvement in 'espionage and subversive activities for India's intelligence agency - the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)'.

Islamabad defended its stance of not granting diplomatic access to Jadhav, insisting he is a serving officer of the Indian navy and has confessed to his crimes before "a competent authority". Pakistan rejected India's assertions while submitting its reply to ICJ earlier this month.

The ICJ stayed the hanging on May 18, after India approached it against the death sentence.

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