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Household of detained Indian 'spy' to go to him in Pakistan

Household of detained Indian 'spy' to go to him in Pakistan

Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife meet him while seated across a glass partition at the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad.

Pakistan on December 20 issued a visa to Jadhav's wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.

Jadhav's mother Avanti and wife Chetana were accompanied to the meeting by India's deputy high commissioner JP Singh to provide them moral support, officials said here.

The wife and mother greeted the media after arrival but refused to respond to questions.

Pakistan had agreed to facilitate the visit of Jadhav's family and also assured their safety, security, and freedom of movement in the country. He added that Pakistan had allowed Jadhav's meeting with his kin purely on "humanitarian grounds".

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The 40-minute meeting, which took place after many representations, was held at the heavily guarded Foreign Affairs Ministry building, and came after the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) asked Pakistan in May to stay 47-year-old Jadhav's execution. "We honour our commitments", spokesman Faisal earlier tweeted along with a picture of the visitors.

Jadhav, who has two children, reportedly joined India's prestigious National Defence Academy in 1987 and was commissioned as an engineer in the Indian Navy in 1991.

"The meeting was very positive and they (Jadhav's mother and wife) were satisfied".

Strict security measures are in place at the ministry, officials said.

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In India, officials however downplayed the comments by the Pakistani minister, maintaining that an Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access".

TV footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family in the city. "Indian DHC in Islamabad will be the accompanying diplomat", Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted last night.

Pakistani officials insist Jadhav has confessed before the country's military court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency "to plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities" against Pakistan. "I am rally thankful to the government of Pakistan for showing this grand gesture", said Jadhav, who appeared relaxed and comfortable while making the statement.

In India, officials downplayed the comments, maintaining that the Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access".

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