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India yet to decide whether to send Jadhav’s mother, wife to Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: With convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav ’s meeting with his mother and wife along with an Indian diplomat scheduled for December 25, Delhi has yet not made decision on whether to send them to Pakistan or not.

Sources said Pakistan’s offer to arrange a meeting between Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav and members of his family in presence of an Indian embassy official has befuddled Delhi since it has denied India a chance to build up a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that due course of law was not followed.

They said India will decide today whether or not to send the Indian spy’s family to Islamabad on December 25.

Earlier this week, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had issued visas to the wife and mother of the condemned Indian spy to enable them to visit him in Islamabad. But, the other side has not yet conveyed to Islamabad the schedule of their flight and as to who will accompany them, he added.

Speaking at a weekly briefing, he made it clear that Commander Jadhav was under no threat of immediate execution as his mercy appeals were still pending.

Pakistan’s offer to arrange a meeting between him and members of his family is part of efforts to dispel Indian notion that due course of law was not followed in his case.

‘On-duty RAW agent’

Pakistani security agencies on March 24, 2016, apprehended Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from Balochistan. The suspect was said to be an officer of the Indian navy working for the spy agency to destabilise Pakistan.

On March 25, a day after the arrest, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs claimed that Jadhav had no connection with the government, but admitted that he was a former Naval officer.

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

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