Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan for "grand gesture"

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India claims the former Navy officer, who set up a business in Iran's Chabahar port after retiring from the force, was abducted and sold to Pakistan intelligence agencies by the Taliban.

He said, "What Pakistan did (allowing Jadhav's mother and wife to meet him) is just a spectacle for the global community", Pawar said.

Having lost her brother four years back in Pakistan, Kaur said she could fully understand what Jadhav's family must be going through at this hour. "I have been treated with dignity and honour and in a very professional manner by the Pakistani authorities", Jadhav said, in the video.

India feels today's meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family was as much an image-building exercise as a tacit message from Pakistan to New Delhi, and so represents a "major climbdown". Pakistani officials say the meeting has been allowed "purely on humanitarian grounds" and special arrangements have been put in place at the foreign ministry where the interaction will take place.

Jadhav gave details of his meetings with his contacts in Pakistan and exposed the network which he was handling, according to his confessional statement, obtained by The Associated Press. "It has nothing to do with consular access", he added.

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Pakistan had agreed to facilitate the visit of Jadhav's family and also assured their safety, security, and freedom of movement in the country. "They played to the gallery and tried to befool the worldwide community". It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the ministry. The images show Jadhav sitting behind a glass wall with his mother and wife sitting on the other side. The two women had arrived in Islamabad earlier in the day via Dubai on a commercial flight, and spent about 30 minutes at the Indian High Commission before being driven to the Foreign Ministry. The reply, which was submitted by the Foreign Office's Director, Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav's case did not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.

He further stated that India was not willing to let the family speak with the media and the FO was willing to ensure transparency and get answers to "many questions which Pakistan seeks answers to". Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May.

Faisal said Pakistan had hoped to make the family members available to media but that India objected, insisting journalists be barred from speaking to them. "It is not the last meeting".

On April 10, 2017, Pakistan sentenced the RAW agent to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi.

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