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India shuns credibility of new Kulbhushan Jadhav video, advises Pakistan to stop 'propagandistic exercises'

The statement comes in the wake of a fresh video released by Pakistan in which Jadhav is apparently accusing Indian diplomat of yelling at his mother.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 05, 2018 7:21 IST ]
Pakistan released a new video of Kulbhushan Jadhav on
Image Source : PTI Pakistan released a new video of Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday

Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday slammed Pakistan for its continuous 'propagandistic exercises' in the matter of Kulbhushan Jadhav's captivity. 

The ministry warned the country against 'practice of putting out coerced statements on video' and advised it to 'fulfil its international obligations' and grant India consular access to Jadhav. 

The statement comes in the wake of a fresh video released by Pakistan in which Jadhav is apparantly accusing Indian diplomat of yelling at his mother. 

“My mother was very happy to see me. But I have to tell the Indian public and government and Indian media that I am still a commissioned officer of Indian Navy. I saw fear in the eyes of my mother and wife. After the meeting, the Indian diplomat shouted at my mother as if she was alien,” Jadhav said in his video.

Indian government has dismissed the credibility of the video. 

Also read: 'Indian diplomat yelled at my mother': Kulbhushan Jadhav in new 'confessional' video released by Pakistan

"This does not come as a surprise. Pakistan is simply continuing its practice of putting out coerced statements on video.  It is time for them to realize that such propagandistic exercises simply carry no credibility," the official MEA statment said. 

"Absurdity of a captive under duress certifying his own welfare while mouthing allegations of his captors clearly merits no comment."

"Pakistan best advised to fulfil its international obligations, whether it pertains to consular relations or UNSC resolutions 1267 and 1373 on terrorism and to desist from continuing violations of human rights of an Indian national."

The video released by Pakistan today begins with Jadhav thanking Pakistan for arranging the meeting with his mother and wife. He's then heard asking India why it is lying about him not working for an intelligence agency, as Pakistan alleges.

“I want to tell Indian public, Indian government and Indian media that I am a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy. Why are you lying about my working for an intelligence agency?” he asked.

Also read: India awaits consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

The veracity of the video which was released by the Pakistan Foreign Office could not be ascertained. 

Jadhav can also been seen saying that he told her mother that he is in “good health”, and that the Pakistani authorities are “taking care” of him and “have not touched” him. 

“I said don't worry Mummy.They (Pakistan) are taking care of me, they have not touched me. She believed me once she saw me personally,” he said in the video. 

The video comes days after Indian strongly reacted to the ill-treatment meted out to his mother and wife in Islamabad, followed by the taunts hurled out at the two women by some of the Pakistani media.

Tearing into Pakistan for humiliating Jadhav’s mother and wife in Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that the meeting lacked “humanity” and “goodwill”, and accused Islamabad of conducting it as a "propaganda exercise" and "an opportunity to exploit the situation".  

Addressing the Upper House of Parliament, Swaraj condemned the way the Pakistani authorities allowed the meeting at the Foreign Office in Islamabad and asked them to change their clothes and shoes, and remove bangles and even their "mangalsutras".

Watch Kulbhushan Jadhav's new video released by Pakistan here:

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