Islamabad – Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother met the convicted Indian spy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after arriving in Islamabad on Monday morning via a commercial flight.
Jadhav’s mother, Avanti, and wife, Chetankul, made a stop at the Indian High Commission prior to the 40-minute-long meeting with the spy, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said.
Jadhav thanks the Pakistani government for arranging the meeting. Avanti and Chetankul Jadhav were accompanied by Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and three Indian foreign ministry officials, according to Indian media reports.
During the meeting, only Jadhav’s family members were present with him, while Singh and FO officials, who were monitoring the meeting, were outside the room, according to the FO.
“They spoke openly during the meeting,” Dr Faisal said during a press briefing following the meeting. He added that JP Singh did not hear the conversation that took place between the family members.
Jadhav’s wife and mother will catch a flight back to India this evening.
India requested that the family should not have any interaction with the media, the FO spokesperson said. In the press briefing after the meeting, he said that Pakistan would have preferred if Avanti and Chetankul had spoken to the media, as there are “many questions unanswered”.
In a pre-recorded video message played at the FO after the meeting, Jadhav thanked the Pakistani government for arranging the meeting. He said that Pakistani authorities have treated him in a dignified, respectful and professional manner, for which he is thankful.
The Indian spy, in the video, again confessed to working for Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing. He added that he had been arrested in Balochistan while attempting to infiltrate the country from Iran. – firstname.lastname@example.org