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Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today said it will allow convicted Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife, months after had requested to grant a visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.

"The of has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a statement.


"A Note Verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today, he said, adding that the meeting will take place on Pakistani soil.

In a rare move, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military in April on charges of espionage and The International of Justice in May halted his execution on India's appeal.

It is not clear what prompted to allow Jadhavs wife to meet him in Pakistan, the Express Tribune reported.

There were speculation that the two countries discussed the issue in a recent meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj and the newly-appointed Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi Sohail Mahmood, the daily said.

had requested for a Pakistani visa for Jadhav's mother, Avantika, who wanted to meet her son in

has repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

Jadhav has filed an appeal with Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.

Last month, the Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.

claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in

After approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

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

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First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 20:28 IST
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