India on Thursday asked Pakistan to allow the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, former Indian naval officer sentenced to death by Pak military court on espionage charges, to meet him in presence of an official of the Indian High Commission.
India has also made it clear to Pakistan that the wife and mother of Jadhav should not be subjected to any kind of interrogation by Pakistani authorities if they visit the country.
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Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India has sought sovereign guarantee from Pakistan on safety and security of Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife if she visits the Country.
"We have also sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of the wife and the mother of Jadhav and that they shall not be questioned, harassed or interrogated during their visit and stay in Pakistan," Kumar said.
He also asserted that offer of such a meeting does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on consular access and not following the due process in treating Jadhav who faces death sentence through a "farcical process and on concocted charges".
"Such a meeting offer does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Human Rights and not following the due process in treating Jadhav who remains incarcerated in Pakistan and faces death sentence through a farcical process and on concocted charges," he said.
On November 10, Pakistan had said it will allow Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India requested it to grant visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.
45-year-old Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for “espionage” in April this year which was later stayed by ICJ till the disposal of the case in the UN court.