Family Meets Jadhav 22 Months After Detention, Sits Across Glass Partition

Lucy Hill
December 25, 2017

The mother and wife of a former Indian Navy officer, accused of espionage, have met him at the office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.

A video confession given by Mr. Jadhav was played before the press briefing by the Ministry. India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

"Jadhav requested that it may be extended a little bit", so it ran to about 40 minutes, the spokesperson said. Before the meeting, the security check of the family was performed. "We honour our commitments", spokesman Faisal earlier tweeted along with a picture of the visitors.

The son of a retired police officer, Jadhav's neighbours remember him as a shy but helpful man who was good at sport and studies, according to Indian media reports.

"Media may kindly be kept at a distance to ensure security of the family members and avoid any harassment to them", he quoted from a letter the foreign ministry received from the Indian government ahead of Monday's meeting.

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Accompanied by Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and a Pakistani woman official, TV footage showed Jadhav's family entering the main building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the door shutting behind them.

All the information about the meeting emerged through Pakistani Foreign Ministry tweets and images. Television footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family after they arrived in the city.

Pakistani officials insist Jadhav has confessed before the country's military court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency "to plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities" against Pakistan.

On the question why a glass wall was put between them during the meeting, he said it was done "for security reasons". Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Office has clarified in a statement that they have not granted India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

"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.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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