Allow mother to visit Jadhav first: India tells Pakistan

Ebony Scott
November 20, 2017

India has responded to Pakistan's note verbale offering to arrange a meeting between former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in the neighbouring country, and his wife.

"India's reply to Pakistan " s humanitarian offer for Commander Jadhav received and is being considered", Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted. It is important to mention here that it is on record that Jadhav is an Indian national arrested in Balochistan over charges of terrorism.

The sources said that India was reluctant to send Jhadav's wife and wanted to also have the permission of a meeting of his mother with him because she also has the right to see her son.

Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.

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Pakistan's offer is being viewed as an attempt to counter India's argument at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague that Jadhav was not granted consular access in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. However, the UN's top court on May 18 stopped Pakistan from executing the death penalty. India has not officially confirmed whether it has responded to Pakistan's offer.

The reply will cover all aspects including proofs of Jadhav's involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan and Islamabad's objections to the New Delhi's stance submitted with the IJC. Pakistan claims he was captured a year ago from its restive Balochistan province while India has alleged that Jadhav, after his retirement from the Navy, worked as a businessman in Iran from where he was kidnapped. Though diplomats on both sides are tight-lipped about the way ahead, unconfirmed reports have indicated that both sides have begun to discuss the modalities and venue of the meeting.

The source said that the tone of the letter was positive and indicated New Delhi's desire to avail the offer.

It was also conveyed that such provocations also causing loss of innocent civilian lives are potentially unsafe to invoke an unbearable response.

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