Heres how India formally reacted to meeting between Jadhav & family
The Indian reaction to the Kulbhushan Jadhav-family meeting was on expected lines and came about after wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said, “We note with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings,”.
According to the MEA spokesperson there were clear understandings between the two sides and the Indian side scrupulously abided by all its commitments.
Kulbhushan Jadhav is in Pakistani custody and is a death-row prisoner under spying charges. Pakistan maintains that Jadhav is an Indian spy, a charge which has been denied by India. India has even approached International Court of Justice (ICJ) to secure his release.
Jadhav’s mother and wife were granted permission to meet him in Pakistan by Pakistan authorities. But they could interact with him only through a glass panel which separated them from Jadhav.
It also emerged that Jadhav’s wife was forced to take off her mangalsutra and also that her shoes were taken away and not returned by Pakistani officials.
The meeting also took place where the two sides weren’t conversing in their mother tongue Marathi, quite unusual as it was a family meeting. Theres been suspicion that Jadhav may have been tutored into what to say during the meeting.
The family was not allowed to talk with him privately. It is for this reason that the meet is being panned as a ‘PR exercise’ from Pakistan. During the meet, Indian deputy high commissioner was also present with the family but he did not interact with Kulbhushan.
After Jadhav’s meet with his family, Pakistan said that the issue of granting consular access to Jadhav will be decided ‘at appropriate time’. >