Pakistan played cruel joke, Jadhav meeting a drama, says Sarabjit Singh's sister

Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother meet him in Islamabad on Monday. PTI

It was the fist time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humnaitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a relative told this paper, "Kulbhushan's mother and wife must be exhilarated after looking at him". They may never see them alive again.

"I certainly would not take undue satisfaction from this meeting but nor would I say completely negative things because at least the meeting happened and the family was able to meet him".

It was not clear if the video was filmed under duress.

The mother and wife of Jadhav were being provided with a meeting with him in the light of "Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds", Faisal had earlier said. "As far as I know there were no private messages exchanged, but let us except that something is better than nothing particularly if it turns out to be the first step in the positive direction and that's what we must hope for", Tharoor added.

Mushaal Mullick, wife of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, on Monday said that while Pakistan was allowing alleged Indian spy Kalbushan Jadhav to meet his wife and mother on humanitarian grounds, India has "kept her and their daughter from meeting Malik for the past three years".

Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife met him on Monday, almost two years after the Pakistani army arrested the Indian national and sentenced him to death over allegations of spying.

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

Pakistani officials insist Jadhav has confessed before the country's military court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency to "plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities" against Pakistan.

Jadhav's kin reached the Pakistani capital earlier in the day via Dubai. After a brief stay, the mother and wife went to Foreign Office amid tight security.

The wife and mother greeted the media persons after arrival but refused to respond to their questions. India had sought a "sovereign guarantee" from Pakistan to ensure the safety of Jadhav's family.

Islamabad has claimed it has chose to grant India consular access to former Indian Navy officer, a right over which India and Pakistan have been sparring at the International Court of Justice.

On April 10 this year, a military court in Pakistan convicted him of espionage charges and sentenced him to death.

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