New Delhi: While producing her statement on Kulbhushan Jadav’s issue in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Pakistan used the meeting as propaganda.

She further said that Pakistan disobeyed all the understandings between the 2 countries over the meeting. However, the entire House supported Swaraj and condemned Pakistan’s ill-treatment of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s kin when they visited the country to meet him.

Swaraj described the way how Jadhav’s wife and mother were being treated during their visit to Islamabad.

Notably, earlier on Wednesday, various political parties, including Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress and AIADMK started their protests by condemning the way Pakistan humiliated the friend of jailed Indian national Jadhav.

Earlier on Monday the wife and the mother of Jadhav were asked to change their attire before the meeting for “security reasons”. Later, Jadhav’s family was also harassed in heavily guarded foreign ministry office by Pakistani journalists. They heckled and harassed Jadhav’s family by their insensitive questions, “Aapke patidev ne hazard begunah Pakistani ke Khoon se Holi kheli ispar kya kahengi? (your husband killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis, what do you have to say about that?)” and “Aapke kya jazbaat hain apne kaatil bete se milne ke baad? (How do you feel after meeting your killer son?)”

Meanwhile, by endorsing Swaraj’s stand that Jadhav’s mother and wife were insulted on their visit to Pakistan, Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said at the Parliament, “We stand united with the government. We will not tolerate this.” He further asserted, “Not only Jadhav’s mother and wife, but the whole country has been insulted.”

In addition, by referring to allegations by Jadhav’s friend that he has been tortured in the Pakistani jail, Azad said, Pakistan government “will have to ensure Jadhav’s well-being, until he is with them”.

Jadhav is on a death row in Pakistan over charges of terrorism and spying for India’s intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). However, earlier on 18 May, 2017, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the verdict by the Pakistani military court after India approached it against the death sentence.


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