India on Thursday demanded a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan to ensure the safety and well-being of the mother and wife of imprisoned former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, when they visit Pakistan to meet him.
India's response comes in the wake of Pakistan's offer to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife to meet him on humanitarian grounds.
Jadhav's mother had earlier applied for a Pakistani visa to visit her son and the matter had been taken up by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in July.
Further, the MEA has also said they should not be questioned or harassed, and also that a diplomat from the Indian High Commission in Pakistan should be permitted to accompany them throughout their stay, NDTV reported.
Want guarantee on safety of Jadhav's wife, mother: India to Pak
In Islamabad, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal confirmed that India had asked for Jadhav's mother to meet him.
"We have conveyed that the wife of Jadhav would like to travel along with her mother-in-law for the meeting." the MEA said. New Delhi has said that Islamabad had repeatedly rejected or not responded to requests for consular access to Jadhav.
India's guarded response comes in the backdrop of Pakistan denying Jadhav Consular access despite 18 requests in the last 22 months.
A military court in Pakistan has sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for alleged involvement in "spying" and "subversive activities".
The former Navy officer has been accused by Pakistan of hatching a conspiracy against them and planning terrorist acts in its soil. We also sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure safety, security of both. But, ICJ stayed his execution on India's appeal since then he is in the imprisonment of Pakistan. Pakistan's offer to allow Jadhav's wife meet him comes days before Pakistan is to file a memorandum in the ICJ over India's allegations.More news: Jurgen Klopp reveals why Chelsea are weaker this season