Guarantee safe return of Jadhav's wife: India to Pak

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While Pakistan is yet to grant visa to Kulbhushan's mother as the latter's wished, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said they have conveyed to Pakistan that Kulbhushan's wife would like to accompany her mother-in-law to Pakistan. Pakistan offered a meeting between Jadhav and his wife on "humanitarian grounds".

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India has sought sovereign guarantee from Pakistan on safety and security of Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife if she visits the Country. A Pakistani military court has termed Jadhav an Indian spy and handed out a death sentence to him.

His mother Avantika had made repeated pleas earlier, which went unreciprocated by the neighbouring country. On May 18, a 10-member International Court of Justice (ICJ) bench restrained Pakistan from executing him till it adjudicates on the case. Sources also claimed that Pakistan's move to allow a meeting between Jadhav and his wife came after tremendous pressure by Indian diplomats. India strongly denied Pakistan's allegation, noting that Jadhav had already retired from the Indian navy.

This is a significant demand as so far, Pakistan has refused to allow Jadhav to contact any Indian government official, either during his trial or after sentencing. Last week, Pakistan said it is also "considering" India's request to let Jadhav's mother meet him, apart from his wife. India had put a condition that these two women shall be allowed to be accompanied by an Indian diplomat, including the time when the wife and mother meet Jadhav.

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Asserting that the offer of such a meeting does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on consular access, he maintained that the charges against Jadhav were "farcical" and "concocted".

Islamabad had, in March 2016, announced the arrest of Jadhav from Balochistan.

Hoping that Pakistan would facilitate visit by the wife and mother of Jadhav, Kumar said the government determined to "pursue all measures" with "full vigour" so as to secure the final release of an innocent Indian.