Hope that Pakistan would free Kulbhushan Jadhav soon, say relatives


Having lost her brother four years back in Pakistan, Kaur said she could fully understand what Jadhav's family must be going through at this hour. He has been badly treated, there is no doubt about it, but at least we know today that he is alive and they have not done anything worse to him.

Three Pakistan Army personnel were martyred and one more was injured due to heavy cross-border shelling by Indian forces on Monday evening, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor on Monday said Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's meeting with his family was a step forward but the process was deeply unsatisfactory. They may never see them alive again.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan for alleged spying, yesterday met his wife and mother - but separated by a glass screen - in a carefully choreographed event that unfolded in tweets, photos and TV footage.

India and Pakistan routinely accuse each other of harboring terrorists.

The Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad was also allowed to accompany the visitors.

They arrived in an unnamed commercial flight and are scheduled to leave later in the evening.

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It was for security reasons, we had already told them that you will be able to meet him but a security barrier would be there, he said on ANI's question regarding glass barrier between Jadhav and his mother and wife.

Before the meeting, the security check of the family was performed.

New Delhi asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May to stop Islamabad from executing Jadhav, arguing he was denied diplomatic assistance during what India called an "unfair trial".

Islamabad defended its stance of not granting diplomatic access to Jadhav, insisting he is a serving officer of the Indian navy and has confessed to his crimes before "a competent authority".

Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May. India had sought a "sovereign guarantee" from Pakistan to ensure the safety of Jadhav's family.

The neighbouring country has not let any stone unturned to promote hatred amongst the citizens of both countries by highlighting the negative side of Jadhav's meeting with his wife and mother.

The ICJ stayed the hanging on May 18, after India approached it against the death sentence.