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Pakistan confirms Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with family on Monday; India’s deputy envoy to accompany mother and wife

Pakistan’s confirmation for the meeting comes amid media reports suggesting that India was yet to provide details about the arrival of Jadhav’s relatives in Pakistan.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: December 24, 2017 10:30 IST ]
Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military
Image Source : PTI Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office confirmed on Saturday that Kulbhushan Jadhav will meet with his mother and wife at the Foreign Affairs ministry on December 25.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal confirmed this in a tweet late last evening.

“India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day,” the spokesperson said on Twitter.

The Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan will be accompanying the family members in their reunion with Jadhav, who is being held in a Pakistan jail on charges of being an Indian spy.

Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

Pakistan’s confirmation for the meeting comes as reports emerged in the country’s media on Saturday suggesting that India was yet to provide details about the arrival of Jadhav’s relatives in Pakistan.

"India is yet to provide details about Jadhav's wife and mother, Geo News quoted sources as saying, adding that "only one employee of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan will be present during the meeting".

Pakistani authorities on Thursday said that the country was ready to permit media interaction with Jadhav's wife and mother.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that the Ministry was waiting for India's decision in this regard. He further said that the meeting would be held in the Foreign Affairs Ministry on December 25.

Faisal had also given an assurance that Jadhav was not under any threat of immediate execution and his meeting with his wife and mother had been arranged "purely on humanitarian grounds".

"Let me assure you that the Jadhav is under no threat of immediate execution and his mercy petitions are still pending," he said.

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued visas to Jadhav's mother and wife earlier this week.

Islamabad had earlier repeatedly rejected New Delhi's plea for consular access to Jadhav, who it says was arrested in Balochistan.

India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

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