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Foreign office says Jadhav’s mother, wife file visa applications ahead of Dec 25 visit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities have begun implementing its offer of a meeting between convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family after receiving the visa applications of Jadhav’s mother and wife at Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi.

Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on late Saturday confirmed that the visa applications of Indian spy’s mother and wife were received for their scheduled visit on humanitarian grounds.

“Visa applications of mother and wife of Commander Jadhav received for their visit on humanitarian grounds. Being processed,” he tweeted.

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The meeting is scheduled on Dec 25 this year.

Earlier this week, the Foreign Ministry issued directives to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to issue visas to Jadhav’s wife and mother.

Sources privy to the development then said the government of Pakistan would provide maximum security to Jadhav’s family during their stay in Pakistan, adding, an official of the Indian high commission in Islamabad would also be allowed to accompany with the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav during the meeting with the spy.

Previously, FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said Jadhav’s wife and mother, as well as an official of Indian High Commission, had been allowed to visit him on December 25.

The Indian authorities had also been communicated in this regard, he added.

Faisal said Pakistan offered to arrange a meeting of Jadhav with his family members on humanitarian grounds.

‘On-duty RAW agent’

Pakistani security agencies on March 24, 2016, apprehended Kulbhushan Sundir Jadhav alias Hossein Mubarak Patel, an ‘on-duty RAW agent’, from Balochistan. The suspect was said to be an officer of the Indian navy working for the spy agency to destabilize Pakistan.

The operative had contacts with banned organizations and was working on plans to break Karachi and Balochistan away from Pakistan and to sabotage the billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

On March 25, a day after the arrest, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs claimed that the Indian man arrested from Balochistan has no connection with the government, however, admitted that Kulbhushan Jadhav was a former officer of the Indian navy.

On April 10, COAS, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by Field General Court Martial (FGCM).

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