Pakistan allows ‘Indian spy’  to meet wife on ‘humanitarian grounds’

Pakistan on Friday said that it would allow “Indian spy” Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife on “humanitarian grounds.”

Pakistan’s Foreign office said that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad has been informed of the decision.

The Indian government has been trying to arrange a meeting of Jadhav with his family since July and had moved a visa application for his mother, but Pakistan had not reciprocated at the time.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had even written a “personal letter” to Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asking for approval of visa application of Jadhav’s mother so that she may travel to Pakistan.

Jadhav, 46, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military tribunal in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from its Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

Pakistan has accused Jadhav of being an ‘on-duty RAW agent’ who had contacts with banned organizations and was working on plans to break Karachi and Balochistan from Pakistan, and to sabotage the billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Pakistan has dismissed India’s consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so.

India had approached the International Court of Justice in May seeking provisional stay to execution of Jadhav which was granted.

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