Kulbhushan Jadhav: A meeting with the mother, wife interrupted by tears

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The mother and wife of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav met the death row prisoner at the Pakistan Foreign Office here on Monday amid tight security.

Most of the talking during the meeting was done by Jadhav's mother Avanti.

Later, Faisal told journalists in Islamabad that Jadhav's mother Avanti Jadhav and wife Chetna Jadhav underwent a security check before being taken to the room for their meeting, which started at 2.18 pm and lasted nearly 40 minutes. December 25, the birthday of Mohammad Ali Jinnah is celebrated as Quaid-e-Azam day.

"It was a humanitarian meeting, it was not consular access". The meeting started at around 1.35 pm and lasted about 45 minutes.

From Pakistan's side, Foreign Office Director India Dr Fareha Bugti was present at the meeting.

All the information about the meeting emerged through Pakistani foreign ministry tweets and images. "We honour our commitments".

"I had requested for a meeting with my wife on humanitarian grounds and I have been informed that my mother and my wife are coming over to meet me and I am really thankful to the government of Pakistan for showing this grand gesture".

Jadhav met his wife and mother at the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry in Islamabad for around 40 minutes, but interacted through a glass panel and intercom. After they went in, the door shut behind them.

TV footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family in the city.

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Jadhav's wife and mother arrived in Islamabad on Monday morning via Dubai route on a commercial flight.

Shashi Tharoor, speaking to ANI, said, "In one sense, it is a step forward because 22 months after they arrested this poor man, finally somebody is able to see him". The wife and mother greeted the media after arrival but refused to respond to questions.

Jadhav was at the ministry before his family arrived.

"Media may kindly be kept at a distance to ensure security of the family members and avoid any harassment to them", he quoted from a letter the foreign ministry received from the Indian government ahead of Monday's meeting.

Mohammed Faisal, spokesperson, Pakistan foreign ministry, said: "Commander Jadhav is the face of Indian terrorism in Pakistan".

Islamabad has repeatedly rejected New Delhi's plea for consular access to Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), alleging he was not an ordinary person and had entered the country with intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. It is expected to hold another hearing in March or April. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Faisal also made it clear that presence of Indian diplomat was not a Consular Access and that this was not going to be the last meeting between Jadhav and his family.

"This meeting was not consular access as we had told India that its diplomat would see the meeting but was not allowed to speak or participate in it", Faisal told reporters.