Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan succumbs to global pressure

Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife on 'humanitarian grounds'

Pakistan made the proposal on humanitarian grounds, according to the Foreign Office. "A Note Verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today".

Pakistan on Friday offered to arrange a meeting between Kubhushan Jadhav, an Indian national sentenced to death by a military court for alleged involvement in espionage, and his wife on humanitarian grounds. It said he was apprehended by law enforcement agencies on March 3 after he "illegally crossed over into Pakistan".

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA).

A Pakistani court had earlier sentenced him to death after being convicted of espionage.

In an official press release, Pakistan has said that the meeting will be allowed within its territory.


India had many times requested a Pakistani visa for Jadhav's mother, Avantika, who wished to meet her son in Pakistan prison.

India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which stayed Jadhav's execution.

Pakistan had so far denied consular access to Jadhav despite India's repeated requests stating that he is a spy.

The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 so that the court can start further proceedings in the case. The Pakistan foreign office in a statement as quoted by PTI stated, "Pakistan has received the Memorial (written pleadings) from the International Court of Justice, submitted by the Government of India".

Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav. As India took the case to International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May, Pakistan even told the United Nations court that "Pakistan doesn't see the merit in a state which sends a spy and is seeking access to a tool for terror".

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