Back from Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhavs family holds hours-long meeting with Sushma Swaraj

Wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. Kulbhushan Jadhavs mother and wife seen during their visit to Pakistan. India had approached ICJ seeking release of Jadhav, imprisoned by Pakistan on charges of spying. The interaction between Jadhav and his family was done through a glass panel

Family of ex navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav met foreign minister Sushma Swaraj after returning to India. The family returned home this morning from Pakistan where they met Kulbhushan Jadhav who is in Pakistani custody for alleged spying on behalf of India.

Jadhav's wife Chetankul Jadhav, mother Avanti Jadhav accompanied by Kulbhushan's father called on Swaraj and met her at her residence. The meeting lasted for 3 hours which has created an air of curiosity as to what must have transpired. Foreign secretary was also present in the meeting.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is in Pakistani custody and is a death-row prisoner under spying charges. Pakistan maintains that Jadhav is an Indian spy, a charge which has been denied by India. India has even approached International Court of Justice (ICJ) to secure his release.

Jadhav's mother and wife were granted permission to meet him in Pakistan by Pakistan authorities. But they could interact with him only through a glass panel which separated them from Jadhav. The family was not allowed to talk with him privately. It is for this reason that the meet is being panned as a 'PR exercise' from Pakistan. During the meet, Indian deputy high commissioner was also present with the family but he did not interact with Kulbhushan.

Pakistan claimed that they have 'honoured the commitment' given by them. But at the same time, Pakistan has refused to give consular access to Kulbhushan in spite of dozens of requests from India.

After Jadhav's meet with his family, Pakistan said that the issue of granting consular access to Jadhav will be decided 'at appropriate time'. Pakistan also claimed that Jadhav's meet with his family 'was not the last one'.