Pakistan allows wife to visit jailed Indian ‘spy’

Islamabad: Pakistan government has agreed for a meeting between jailed former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, 46, and his wife on “humanitarian grounds”, local reports say.

A note on the formal offer of a meeting has been sent to the Indian high commission in Islamabad. The meeting may take place next month.

Islamabad’s U-turns comes months after India made a request for such a meeting.

However, Islamabad has not responded to the requests by Jadhav’s mother, Avantika Jadhav, to meet her son or grant him clemency.

According to Pakistani army, Indian navy official Jadhav was arrested in March last year in Baluchistan for espionage and sabotage activities. In April this year, Field General Court Martial awarded him death sentence for spying. But in May, the International Court of Justice in Hague heard the case and stopped Jadhav’s execution.

According to Indian authorities, Jadhav was a retired navy officer who was doing his own business at an Iranian port when Taliban kidnapped and sold him to Pakistani army.

After Jadhav was jailed, India had sought consular access to him at least 14 times. All requests were turned down by Pakistan on the ground that consular access cannot be granted to a man convicted of spying.