How Pakistan kept a tight vigil on Jadhav's meeting with wife, mother

Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother meet him while seated across a glass partition at the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad on Monday

Death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met his wife and mother at the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry, officials said.

Pakistan and India are bitter regional rivals that have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. "As far as I know there were no private messages exchanged, but let us except that something is better than nothing particularly if it turns out to be the first step in the positive direction and that's what we must hope for", Tharoor added.

Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued visas to Jadhav's mother and wife on December 20. The nuclear-armed countries each claim the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, and their forces regularly exchange fire there despite a 2003 cease-fire.

On April 10 this year, a military court in Pakistan convicted him of espionage charges and sentenced him to death.

Pakistan portrayed the meeting as a humanitarian gesture, but if they believed in humanism, they should have allowed the family to meet Jadhav freely, she said.

Jadhav had admitted to involvement in the assassination of senior superintendent of police Chaudhry Mohammed Aslam Khan in Karachi in 2014, the targeting of Frontier Works Organisation activities in Balochistan, and improvised explosive device attacks in Quetta, Turbat and other cities in Balochistan, the FO spokesperson said.

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"The visit was allowed in line with Islamic practices and teachings. Islam is a religion of peace. and it was a gesture of good faith and compassion", he said. "Jadhav's actions at Indian behest have deprived many mothers of their sons and daughters". Their names have not been made public. The meeting will last between 15 minutes to an hour and the two women will be allowed to speak to the media if they wish to, the Dawn said, citing the diplomatic sources. Jadhav has been imprisoned in a Pakistani jail ever since his arrest a year ago.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

Earlier, media reports said that Pakistan had asked India to convey the plan of Jadhav's family at the earliest otherwise it would be hard to arrange the meeting.

"I would like to say Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj to use their power and bring Jadhav back to the country", he added.

"Today I genuinely after the time having spent in Pakistan I feel very ashamed and l genuinely seek pardon of the acts and sins and crimes I have committed here against the nation and the people of Pakistan", he had said, in the video. Pakistan Foreign Office later released pictures of Jadhav talking to his wife and mother from behind a glass screen.

India and Pakistan routinely accuse each other of harboring terrorists.

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