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Kulbhushan Jadhav meets mother, wife for 40 minutes

Kulbhushan Jadhav meets mother, wife for 40 minutes”

"We promised 30 minutes of the meeting but Jadhav and his mother requested towards the end of meeting that it should be increased and we did it". A glass wall was put between Jadhav and the rest during the meeting. "It would have been consular access had the Indian diplomat spoken to Jadhav", he said, adding the Indian request for a possible consular access was with Pakistan and "would be taken up at an appropriate time".

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, during his earlier appearance on Geo News" programme "Naya Pakistan', had said that India was given consular access to the convicted Jadhav, describing it as a "concession".

It was the first time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March a year ago, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Pakistan Foreign Office later released pictures of Jadhav talking to his wife and mother from behind a glass screen.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad JP Singh will accompany them, along with one or two officers of the FO, the Dawn reported.

Pakistan had on December 20 issued visa to Jadhav's wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.

Mohammed Faisal, spokesperson, Pakistan foreign ministry, said: "Commander Jadhav is the face of Indian terrorism in Pakistan".

Earlier, Jadhav's mother and wife landed in Islamabad via Dubai around noon on Monday and will be departing for India later. Jadhav's family arrived at the MoFA from the Indian High Commission where they stayed for more than half an hour.

The wife and mother greeted the media persons after arrival but refused to respond to their questions.

He also showed a medical test of Jadhav conducted on December 22 that he was in fine health. TV footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family in the city.

Jadhav was at the ministry before his family arrived.

Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian navy, was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistan province of Baluchistan, where there has been a long-running conflict between national security forces and militant separatists.

"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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