Alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife will finally be able to meet him in an Islamabad prison on December 25 after Pakistan agreed to give them visas, officials said in Friday.
“Pakistan has conveyed that they will give visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.
While, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said that a staff member from the Indian High Commission will be present at the meeting.
A Pakistani military court has sentenced Jadhav to death on charges of espionage and conducting sabotage activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan claims Jadhav is a serving Commander of the Indian Navy and was working for India’s premier intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Islamabad says he was apprehended by law enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan from Iran. India has said Jadhav is a former navy officer and denied he was working for RAW.
Jadhav was sentenced to death earlier this year by a Pakistani military court. However, the International Court of Justice ordered a stay in his execution.
New Delhi has repeatedly sought consular access to Jadhav, but Islamabad has denied permission on the ground that such access in cases related to spies was not applicable.
In a sudden move, Pakistan on November 10 informed India that it would be willing to allow a meeting between the “self-confessed spy” and his wife “on humanitarian grounds”.