Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife to meet him in jail

Pakistan Govt To Arrange Meeting Of Kulbhushan Jadhav With Wife On'Humanitarian Grounds

Pakistan Govt To Arrange Meeting Of Kulbhushan Jadhav With Wife On'Humanitarian Grounds

In a sudden move, Pakistan on Friday announced said that it will allow Indian national Kulbhudhan Jadhav to meet his wife on humanitarian grounds, according to several media reports. "A Note Verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today", stated a press statement from the Pakistan's Foreign Ministry.

"The Government of Pakistan has made a decision to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds", Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday.

Kulbhushan Jhadev, a serving Commander of the Indian Navy, working with Indian Intelligence Agency RAW was apprehended by Pakistan law enforcement agencies previous year after he illegally crossed over into Pakistan.

Jadhav, 46, was arrested by Pakistan from the restive Balochistan province in 2016 and was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied consular access to Jadhav even on humanitarian grounds citing the reason that it does not apply to cases related with spies.

The Pakistani reported that it was not clear what had prompted Islamabad to make the offer.

Jadhav's sentencing has evoked a sharp reaction in India. The suspect was said to be an officer of the Indian navy working for the covert agency to destabilize Pakistan.

Jadhav's execution was stayed after India took the matter to the International Court of Justice, which said he should not be executed till it gives a final ruling in the case. New Delhi has strongly refuted Pakistan's allegations and has approached the International Court of Justice to vacate the death sentence given to Jadhav.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on 3 March a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran.

The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

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