Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 23 November 2017
MEA Statement on meeting of wife and mother with Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan
There was long standing request from mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to visit Pakistan and meet her son. Although this request was pending, India still responded positively to the offer made by Pakistan to arrange meeting with his wife. In our response we have conveyed that wife of Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav will travel along with her mother in law.
We have also sought sovereign guarantee from Government of Pakistan to ensure the safety, security and well being of the wife and mother of Mr Jadhav and during their stay in Pakistan, they shall not be questioned, harassed or interrogated while they are there.
We have further asked that a diplomat from our High Commission in Islamabad shall be allowed to accompany them all times including during the meeting wife and the mother will have Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Let me also clarify that such a meeting will not absolve Pakistan of the violation of the Vienna convention on consular relations and human rights. And not following the due process in treating Mr Jadhav and remain incarcerated in Pakistan and faces death sentence through a farcical process and on concocted charges.
While Government hopes that Pakistan will feciliate visit of wife and mother of Mr jadhav, we are determined to pursue all measures with full vigor so as to secure the final release of an innocent Indian, who is jailed in Pakistan.
India has asked sovereign guarantee from Pakistan for the safety and security of wife and mother of #KulbhushanJadhav if they visit #Pakistan. A Indian diplomat has to be present all time with them even during meeting. Pak is yet to respond: @MEAIndia, #IndoPak
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Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.