It wasn’t last meeting, will decide on consular access to Jadhav: Pakistan

Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting his mother and wife in Pakistan (File Photo)

Islamabad, Dec 25 (IANS) Pakistan on Monday described former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav as “the face of Indian terror” and said it would decide on consular access to him at an appropriate time, and added that the meeting between Jadhav and his family was not the last.

“This is not the last meeting. Let me say it categorically,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammed Faisal told reporters after former Indian Navy officer Jadhav’s wife Chetankul and mother Avanti met him for the first time after his detention in March 2016. Jadhav met his wife and mother at the Foreign Office for around 40 minutes, but interacted through a glass panel and intercom.

The arrested Indian citizen is on death row but his case is pending before the International Court of Justice.

Faisal said December 25 was chosen to allow Jadhav meet his family because it is Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s birth anniversary.

He said the two women spoke “openly and had a productive meeting” with Jadhav. “It was a positive gesture, extended on humanitarian grounds. We extended the meeting by 10 minutes on the request of Jadhav’s family. It has nothing to do with legalities.”

The spokesperson also “categorically” denied it was a consular access even as Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh was present during the meeting, but seated at a distance.

“The Indian diplomat could see the meeting but was not allowed to meet. It would have been consular access had the Indian diplomat spoken to Jadhav,” he said, adding the Indian request for a possible consular access was with Pakistan and “would be taken up at an appropriate time”.

Faisal reiterated that the meeting did not mean any change in Pakistan’s stance regarding Jadhav, who he termed “a spy and terrorist who has been sentenced to death”.

“Jadhav is the face of Indian terror in Pakistan. He has confessed to killing Aslam Chaudhary. He expressed remorse for taking Pakistani lives. He is a serving naval officer, has confessed to being a RAW agent.”

Indian has always denied the allegations, saying Jadhav was abducted from Iran where he had gone on a private business trip and then brought to Pakistan.

Earlier, Jadhav’s mother and wife landed in Islamabad via Dubai around noon on Monday and will be departing for India later.