Pakistani authorities have said the meeting was allowed “purely on humanitarian grounds”
ISLAMABAD (IANS) — The mother and wife of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav met him on Monday at the Pakistan Foreign Office here for about 40 minutes, but with a glass panel separating them and spoke through a speaker phone. The Pakistan Foreign Office released photos of Jadhav, who is on death row, meeting his family after a gap of 22 months.
The meeting started at 2.18 p.m., according to the Foreign Office. Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh, who accompanied Jadhav’s family, was seen watching the reunion from a distance.
Jadhav’s mother, Avanti, and wife, Chetankul, were accompanied by Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and three Indian foreign ministry officials, according to Indian media reports.
During the meeting, only Jadhav’s family members were present with him, while Singh and Pakistan FO officials, who were monitoring the meeting, were outside the room, according to the FO.
“They spoke openly during the meeting,” Dr Faisal said during a press briefing following the meeting. He added that JP Singh did not hear the conversation that took place between the family
Foreign Office Director India desk Dr Fariha was also present at the meeting, which was videographed.
India requested that the family should not have any interaction with the media, the FO spokesperson Mohammed Faisal said. In the press briefing after the meeting, he said that Pakistan would have preferred if Avanti and Chetankul had spoken to the media, as there are “many questions unanswered”.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson tweeted images showing Jadhav speaking to his mother Avanti and wife through an intercom with a glass panel separating them.
Pakistani authorities have said the meeting was allowed “purely on humanitarian grounds”, but it did not allow one-on-one meeting between Jadhav and his family.
Jadhav’s wife and mother later left for the Indian High Commission before leaving for India. (with inputs from AP)