Islamabad: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother arrived in Islamabad on Monday for a meeting with Jadhav here, DawnNews reported.
The two women arrived in the capital via a commercial flight and are expected to leave today after the meeting takes place. They are accompanied by Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh.
Officials said all arrangements are in place for the meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife and mother. Sharpshooters were deployed at the sprawling FO building ahead of the meeting.
In addition to the Indian envoy, a couple of FO officials will also be present during the meeting, which could last from 15 minutes to one hour, according to FO sources.
Although Pakistan had issued visas to Jadhav’s wife and mother on “humanitarian grounds” earlier this month, it has denied India consular access to Jadhav despite repeated requests on the grounds that it is non-applicable under the Vienna Convention due to his involvement in espionage.
Last week, the FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal had said that if the Indian Ministry of External Affairs agreed, Jadhav’s wife and mother may be allowed to address the media in Pakistan.
Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested in Pakistan on espionage charges.
He was captured by security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan and sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
India has challenged Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access to Jadhav in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The ICJ is hearing the case and has restrained the Pakistan government from executing Jadhav till it decides the case.