Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death in Pakistan, on Monday met his wife and mother for around 30 minutes, more than a year after he was arrested by the Pakistani army in charges of spying.
Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted an image of Jadhav’s wife and mother at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and commented: "We honour our commitments".
Jadhav's wife Chentankul Jadhav and mother Avanti Jadhav were accompanied in the 30-minutes long meeting by Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and a Pakistani woman official.
Faisal few hours before the meet said that they had permitted Jadhav meeting his wife and mother as ‘humanitarian gesture’ on the birthday of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and not ‘consular acess’.
He had 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.”
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.— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) December 25, 2017
Pakistan claims Jadhav to be officer of Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and they arrested him on March 3, 2016 from Balochistan after he entered the country illegally from Iran.
A Pakistani military court in April 2017 found him guilty of "espionage and sabotage" and sentenced him to death. Jadhav’s execution was halted by the International Court of Justice on earlier this year.
Pakistan so far has rejected over 30 Indian requests for consular access to Jadhav.