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Thursday Dec 21 2017

Pakistan ready to permit media interaction with Jadhav's wife, mother: FO


ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said that the country is ready to permit media interaction with the wife and mother of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal added that the ministry is waiting for India's decision in this regard.

Elaborating further, the spokesperson said the meeting would be held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and would take place on December 25.

Answering a question on the possible immediate execution of the convicted spy and this being his last meeting with his family, the spokesperson assured that Jadhav is under no threat of immediate execution and his mercy petitions are still pending.

"The mother and wife of Commander Jhadev are being provided with a meeting with him in the light of Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds," said the FO. 

The visa applications of Jadhav’s mother and wife had been received by the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on December 16 for their visit visa on humanitarian grounds.

The spy, who was an on-duty officer for the Indian Navy, confessed to his crimes in a recorded video statement televised by the army last year following his arrest.

After his trial in a military court, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act.

On April 2016, Pakistan sentenced the RAW agent to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi.

However, India approached the International Court of Justice over the matter earlier this year which then stayed Jadhav's death sentence until proceedings are completed in the world court. 

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