Islamabad: Over a year later of his arrest, the Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav jailed in Pakistan has met with his mother and wife on Monday only for 30 minutes. Jadhav’s mother Avanti Jadhav and wife Chetankul Jadhav reached the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry in Islamabad along with the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that they have granted India consular access to Indian death prisoner Jadhav by allowing the presence of an Indian diplomat during the meeting with his family.

However, the Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal clarified on Monday that India was not given consular access to Jadhav. He tweeted, “Pakistan permits the meeting of wife and mother of Commander Jadhav with him, as a humanitarian gesture, on the birthday of the Father of the nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”

Faisal also told the media that “presence of an official of Indian High Commission in the meeting was not consular access” as he would only see the meeting taking place. He further said that the decision was allow Kulbhushan to meet his family was taken on “humanitarian grounds”.

Reportedly, Kulbhushan’s family would be immediately traveling back to India via Oman. They will travel to Muscat on Oman Air and then will board Air India flight to New Delhi. In addition, they were not allowed to interact with the media. Strong security measures were taken and additional police and paramilitary troops deployed around the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.

The 47year old former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April. After this verdict India had moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May, 2017. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Kulbhushan alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran. India, however, maintains that Kulbhushan was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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