Pakistan offers Kulbhushan Jadhav’s meeting with wife

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In a surprise development, Pakistan on Friday offered a meeting between convicted  Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife on “humanitarian grounds”.

“The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

“A note verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian high commission in Islamabad, today,” Dr Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson, said.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office said on Saturday that Jadhav would be allowed to meet his wife on Pakistani soil. The move came months after New Delhi requested Islamabad to allow Jadhav’s mother to meet him on humanitarian grounds.

The move comes days after Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif welcomed a US offer of mediation in easing tensions with India. It’s believed that the two countries had discussed the issue last month in a meeting between foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and the newly appointed Pakistani high commissioner to New Delhi, Sohail Mahmood.

Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of spying and terrorism. In May, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) had halted his execution on India’s appeal.

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