Pak allows Kulbhushan to meet wife, mother on Christmas

Foreign Office says an Indian diplomat will also be present during the meeting

Foreign Office says an Indian diplomat will also be present during the meeting

Pakistan allowed convicted Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife and mother on December 25, said Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal.

An Indian High Commission official would escort the mother-wife duo to Pakistan for their scheduled meeting with Jadhav later this month reported Times Now.

The mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav will meet him in Pakistan on December 25.

India had previously sought a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan that the wife and mother of Jadhav would not be detained or questioned when they travel to Pakistan to meet him.

"Pakistan has agreed to facilitate the visit of mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav and assured us of their safety, security and freedom of movement in Pakistan". The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India's appeal.

This meeting will be the first contact between 47-year-old Jadhav and his family after his arrest.

Read Also: 'Jadhav can meet wife on humanitarian grounds' Former Naval officer Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2016 on charges of espionage.

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran. His clemency plea is under consideration by the army chief at present.

Pakistan had so far denied consular access to the Indian spy despite India's repeated requests stating that he is a spy. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

In October, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.

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