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Visa for Jadhav's mother will help lower bilateral temperatures: Pakistani daily

IANS  |  Islamabad 

Granting a visa to the mother of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav would provide and an opportunity to show that humanity "can still shine through" and help lower the temperature in bilateral ties, a Pakistani daily said on Saturday.

In an editorial titled 'Visa for Jadhav's mother', Dawn said the visa application Jadhav's mother to meet her son, sentenced to death for alleged spying, "is the latest opportunity for and to back away from an increasingly confrontational stance against each other".

It said the reasons for Jadhav's conviction and incarceration suggest that may not be legally required to allow his mother to visit him or indeed grant her a visa at all, "but it ought to be considered on humanitarian grounds".

The editorial said there is some time before Jadhav exhausts his legal options, and a meeting between mother and son "would be humane and in no way undermine Pakistan's case against him".

"A meeting between mother and son is very different to granting consular access, which in any case is being litigated by in the International Court of Justice."

"Indeed, were Jadhav's mother allowed to meet her incarcerated son, it may even have the benefit of indirectly demonstrating that the convicted spy is being treated according to the law and his safety is being taken care of inside a Pakistani prison," the editorial said.

But it added that such a visit would not automatically reverse the growing chasm between and

"But small gestures can have a way of lowering the temperature in the overall relationship between and and opening the door to further sensible measures."

on Thursday said it was considering India's request to grant a visa to Jadhav's mother, but New Delhi said it had no knowledge about this.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday complained that was yet to give a visa to Jadhav's mother though she had personally written to Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz regarding a visa to Avantika Jadhav, who is reportedly languishing in an unknown military prison in



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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 15:50 IST