Kulbhushan Jadhav meets mother, wife separated by glass panel, at Pakistan foreign ministry [Photos]
Indian deputy envoy JP Singh, who accompanied the family, was allowed to witness the meeting from a distance but wasn't permitted to talk or listen to Jadhav.
Former naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav finally met his wife and mother in a carefully choreographed event that unfolded in tweets, photos and TV footage on Monday. This image tweeted out by the foreign office of Pakistan was captioned: "The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav sitting comfortably in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan . We honour our commitments". Twitter@ForeignOfficePk
Jadhav is on death row in Pakistan for alleged spying. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. Twitter@ForeignOfficePk
Pakistan later released pictures of Jadhav talking to his wife and mother from behind a glass screen. The communication between them was through an intercom device. Their meeting, however, was heavily guarded and Pakistan's Foreign Office Director for India, Dr Fareha Bugti, remained present throughout the duration of the meeting. The interaction was also video recorded. Twitter/ @ForeignOfficePk
Indian deputy envoy JP Singh, who accompanied the family, was allowed to witness the meeting from a distance, but wasn't permitted to talk or listen to Jadhav. Later, in a press conference, Pakistan said it did not rule out giving Jadhav consular access and a decision on the same would be taken later. Twitter@ForeignOfficePk
The meeting started at around 1.35 pm and lasted about 40 minutes, after which Jadhav's wife and mother were driven away in a white SUV to the Indian consulate. The two women later took a flight to New Delhi via Muscat. AP
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that the meeting had nothing to do with the case at the International Court of Justice, and was purely facilitated on "humanitarian principles." He said allowing the family to meet Jadhav did not reflect a change in Pakistan's stance, as he called Jadhav "face of Indian terrorism in Pakistan." News18