Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan considering Sushma Swaraj's visa request for his mother

The Pakistan foreign ministry has indicated that they are considering visa request for Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother Avantika Jadhav, media reports said on Thursday.

The announcement on the visa request came from the Pakistan foreign office, according to ANI.

During the weekly Foreign Office briefing, its Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that asking for recommendations from Sartaj Aziz to grant visas was against "diplomatic norms". The pending visa application of the mother Jadhav is currently under review, he said.

He also accused India of imposing "conditions" for the approval of medical visas of Pakistani patients seeking medical treatment in the country. Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that there was no progress in position on providing consular access & visa for his mother.

The announcement comes three days after the Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj slammed Pakistan for not responding to the request. The foreign affairs minister had on Monday criticised Pakistani counterpart Aziz, who had "not even acknowledged her personal letter" requesting to grant Pakistani visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother.

 

Jadhav was arrested from Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016 and was convicted in April by a Pakistani military court, where he was sentenced to death n charges of espionage and terrorism.

In May, India moved the International Court of Justice at The Hague, which stayed the execution pending a final decision by the court.

Pakistan has been repeatedly denying consular access to the former Indian naval officer. While denying the consular access for the 18th time, Pakistan blamed India for funding terrorism, adding that the granting access is out of question.

Pakistan has also claimed that the former Indian Navy officer confessed in a video that he was involved in spying and terror activities in Balochistan, a charge rejected by India.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 16:44 PM

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