Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death in Pakistan, Allowed to meet family on Christmas


NEW DELHI: The Foreign Office of Pakistan on Friday announced that Kulbhushan Jadhav will be sentenced to death in Pakistan. But, he will be allowed to meet his wife and mother on December 25. An Indian High Commission official will also be allowed to be present at the meeting.

This will be the first contact between Mr Jadhav and his family when he was arrested by the Pakistani army, accusing him of spying.

In a surprise move, Pakistan, which for months sat on a visa request from Mr Jadhav’s mother, offered to let Mr Jadhav’s wife meet him “on humanitarian grounds”.

India said it would accept the offer only if Islamabad guarantees their security in Pakistan, does not harass them during their stay and allows a diplomat from the Indian High Commission to accompany them to the meeting.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had met the Pakistani High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood relevant to this case and informed jadhav’s family about the development.

In its announcement, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said a staff member from the Indian High Commission will be present during the meeting. He also said the family will be provided security during their stay in Pakistan