External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday addressed both the Houses of Parliament on the treatment meted out to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's family members by Pakistan when they had gone there to meet him.
Addressing the Upper House of Parliament, Swaraj said that the meeting was nothing like a humanitarian gesture as human rights of the family members were violated again and again and an environment of fear was created for them.
SUSHMA SWARAJ ADDRESSED LOK SABHA: AS IT HAPPENED
12:18 pm: The meeting was started in absence of the Deputy High Commissioner, if he would have seen how clothes of the family members were changed, he would have registered protest there and then.
12:16 pm: It was specifically agreed upon by both sides that media will not be allowed to come close to the family but Pakistani press not only came close to them but also harassed them and hurled taunts at them.
12:12 pm: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is addressing the Lok Sabha.
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER SUSHMA SWARAJ ADDRESSED RAJYA SABHA
11:20 am: Even after her repeated attempts, the shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife were not returned. Pakistan says there was a camera or a recorder in the shoes, nothing can be more absurd than this as she traveled in two flights with those shoes on. It is an absurdity beyond measure.
11:19 am: Hope the House will strongly condemn the attitude and actions of Pak authorities, which violates human rights of Jadhav's family:
11:18 am: Not just his wife but bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed, I spoke to her she told me that as soon as she reached Kulbhushan asked her 'Baba kaise hain?' because he thought a mishap has taken place when he wasn't around.
11:16 am: It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again and again and an environment of fear was created for them.
11:15 am: Government has successfully stalled Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence through a farcical trial, says Sushma Swaraj
11:14 am: It's sad Pakistan used Jadhav-family meet as propaganda.
Misbehaviour of Pakistan with wife & mother of #KulbhushanJadhav was misbehaviour with all Indians. Regardless of political differences, when it comes to nation's dignity & another country misbehaves with our mothers & sisters, it will not be tolerated: GN Azad, Congress in RS pic.twitter.com/Pxpx87RmQ9— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2017
10:02 am: Earlier on Wednesday, Parliament witnessed protests, with various political parties, including the Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress and AIADMK strongly protested the way Pakistan authorities humiliated the mother and wife of jailed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.
09:57 am: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has demanded that Jadhav should be brought back. "We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country," Kharge said.
09:30 am: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said Pakistan disregarded the cultural and religious sensibilities of Jadhav's family, who met him on Monday in Islamabad.
09:20 am: Jadhav is on a death row in Pakistan over charges of terrorism and spying for India's intelligence agency- Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).