New Delhi, Dec 26: A day after the meeting between former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan, and his family, India on Tuesday hit back at Pakistan for “violating the letter and spirit of all understandings”.
Addressing mediapersons following a meeting between Jadhav’s family and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that “cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded” under the pretext of security precautions.
“Prior to the meeting, the two Governments were in touch through diplomatic channels to work out its modalities and format. There were clear understandings between the two sides and the Indian side scrupulously abided by all its commitments. However, we note with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings,” said a statement released by the MEA.
Pointing that Jadhav’s mother Avanti was not allowed to speak in her mother tongue with her son, India added that the family of Jadhav was also made to remove Mangalsutra and bindi.
India has also claimed that Jadhav’s remarks were “tutored and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities”.
The MEA also cautioned against any “mischievous intent” saying, “For some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, the shoes of the wife of Jadhav were not returned to her after the meeting. We would caution against any mischievous intent in this regard.”