Jadhav's mother, wife meet Sushma Swaraj upon return from Pakistan

Sudheendra Kulkarni on Kulbhushan family meet

A day after they met Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan, the Indian national's family members met Union minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence, before leaving for the external affairs ministry (MEA), likely for a complete debrief.

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar and MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar were also present when Jadhav's mother Avanti and his wife Chetankul met with the external affairs minister today. His mother thanked the Pakistan Foreign Office for allowing the meeting.

Jadhav's meeting with his family members was not any ordinary meeting as they were separated by a glass barrier. During the meet, Indian deputy high commissioner was also present with the family but he did not interact with Kulbhushan.

After the meeting, the Foreign Office spokesperson called Jadhav "the face of Indian terror" and said it would decide on consular access to him at an appropriate time.

Jadhav is on death row in Pakistan, convicted for "spying", a charge India vigorously refutes. Pakistan did not even fail to once remind the press about the confessional statement.

Islamabad tweeted the photos of the 45-minute meeting as part of fresh propaganda ahead of the hearing of India's appeal against his death sentence at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, commenting on Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with his family, said, "In one sense, it is a step forward because 22 months after they arrested this poor man, finally somebody is able to see him".

This is a narrative that the Pakistani army has maintained, though Indian has maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped by a section of the Taliban in Iran and sold to the Pakistani army.



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