Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother sends petition to Pakistan Government, India demands consular access

So far the Indian government has no clue about either the whereabouts of Jadhav or his well being

Published: 26th April 2017 03:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th April 2017 06:54 PM   |  A+A-

YouTube screen grab of Kulbhushan Jadhav

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: India seems to be inclined towards taking the humanitarian approach to save life of former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav as on Wednesday the Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad handed over an appeal by his mother against the death sentence and desired to meet him.

Along with this India put in 16th request for consular access to Jadhav, who New Delhi alleges is in detention in Pakistan on “concocted” charges.

“The High Commissioner to Pakistan today met the Pakistan Foreign Secretary and handed over a petition by the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to the Federal Government of Pakistan. Also handed over was an appeal by the mother to the Court of Appeal, on behalf of Jadhav, who continues to be in detention in Pakistan on concocted charge,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in a statement. Jadhav’s mother has also requested the intervention of Pakistan Government for his release and expressed the desire to meet him.

So far the Indian government has no clue about either the whereabouts of Jadhav or his well being. And also made 16th request for Consular Access to Jadhav, something that Pakistan contends that it is well within its right to refuse as the issues pertains to its security.

Jadhav’s parents have also expressed desire to travel to Pakistan to personally file his appeal in the Court of Appeal and sought help from the Pakistan government. “Pakistan was also requested to facilitate visas for the mother and father Jadhav. They wish to travel to Pakistan to meet him and also to personally file the petition and the appeal. They have applied for necessary visas with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi,” Baglay added.

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had also met High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Abdul Basit on Tuesday and raised similar points.


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