New Delhi, Dec 8: Pakistan has allowed the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet him on December 25, reports said on Friday
Jadhav has been allowed to meet his wife and mother on December 25, reports quoting Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal.
During his weekly news briefing, the spokesman said a staff member from the Indian high commission will also be present during the meeting.
Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage.
Last month, Pakistan foreign office had said that it will allow Jadhav to meet his wife. However, it had stopped short of giving a sovereign guarantee about the safety and security of Jadhav’s wife, if she visits the country.
Pakistan’s foreign office had earlier this month said it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife.
Responding to Pakistan’s offer of arranging a meeting between the former naval officer and his wife, India also requested that his mother be allowed to meet him too.
Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.
Jadhav had filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.
In October, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.
Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.
Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.
After India approached the International Court of Justice, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.
The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.