Indian Deputy High Commissioner to bring Jadhav's mother, wife for meeting

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Mohammad Faisal on Thursday said that Pakistan had chose to permit Kulbhushan Jadav's wife and mother to meet him purely on humanitarian grounds.

Addressing a news briefing here on Thursday, foreign office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said Jadhav still had pending mercy appeals so his execution was not on cards.

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman said convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother have been permitted to meet him purely on humanitarian grounds. "On the question regarding the visit of Mr. Jadhav's wife and mother, you are aware that we had welcomed Pakistan's offer to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife to meet him".

Faisal earlier had tweeted, "Visa applications of mother and wife of Commander Jadhav received for their visit on humanitarian grounds. The meeting will be held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs", the spokesman said. "We await further details from India in this regard". India rejected the allegations that Jadhav had any connection with RAW. He was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court.

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On Pakistan Army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa's reported advice to the country's lawmakers to work for improving ties with India, the spokesperson said New Delhi too desired good ties with all its neighbours, including Pakistan. Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested in Pakistan and was charged with espionage.

The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India's appeal. The two women will travel to Pakistan to meet the Indian spy on December 25 and will be accompanied by an Indian diplomat. Pakistan earlier this week filed a counter-memorial in the ICJ.

Jadhav was arrested previous year in Balochistan province for spying and stoking terrorism and sectarianism in the country.

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