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Pakistan issues visas to 'Indian spy' Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother

Pakistan       by Dawood Rehman | Published Pakistan by Dawood Rehman | Published
Judith Alexander | 22 December, 2017, 02:16

On December 17, 2017, Pakistan had said that the visa applications of Jadhav's wife and mother had been received and were being "processed".

New Delhi then had urged Islamabad to also allow Jadhav's mother to accompany his wife along with an Indian diplomat and had also requested for a sovereign guarantee to ensure their safety and security during the visit. MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "Modalities of this meeting are still being worked out and who goes when, how do they go, how does the meeting takes place, these are the things both countries are engaged in".

Mohammad Faisal on Thursday said that Pakistan had made a decision to permit Kulbhushan Jadav's wife and mother to meet him purely on humanitarian grounds.

Foreign Office spokesperson, Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Thursday that due to Pakistan's effective and successful diplomacy, the Heart of Asia (HoA)-IP members had agreed to drop the selected list of proscribed groups from the Baku Declaration.

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On November 10, Pakistan had offered to arrange a meeting between Jadhav and his wife.

The territories not under control of the Afghan government are being used for terrorism in Pakistan, said the spokesperson, adding, "We have conveyed our reservations to Afghanistan in this regard and expect that it will take some concert steps regarding the matter". Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested in Pakistan and was charged with espionage. He was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court.

The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

Jadhav was arrested previous year in Balochistan province for spying and stoking terrorism and sectarianism in the country.

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