Pakistan rejects India’s charge, alleges Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family treated with ‘respect and dignity’
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday rejected India’s allegation of giving a harsh remedy to the mom and spouse of loss of life row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav throughout their current go to to the nation.
Pakistan’s International Minister Khawaja Asif additionally defended putting in harsh safety procedures throughout Jadhav’s assembly together with his spouse and mom.
Asif additionally rejected New Delhi’s allegations that December 25 assembly was permitted on humanitarian grounds.
He mentioned the assembly was initially scheduled for 30 minutes however was prolonged to 40 minutes on request and claimed that Jadhav’s mom later thanked Pakistan after the go to.
Pakistani authorities had despatched the footwear worn by Jadhav’s spouse for forensic examination to find out the character of the suspected presence of a overseas object, media experiences mentioned yesterday.
Pakistan’s International Workplace (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal was quoted as saying that authorities needed to confirm whether or not the “metallic object” within the footwear was a digital camera or a recording chip.
Asif mentioned that Pakistan’s “humanitarian gesture” didn’t obviate the truth that “Jadhav is a serving Indian naval officer and a convicted terrorist and spy”.
He mentioned a complete safety examine was, due to this fact, important.
This was agreed between each nations, upfront, by diplomatic channels, including that Jadhav’s relations had been handled with “respect and dignity” and the change of garments and elimination of jewelry and ornaments was purely for safety causes.
He mentioned the guests became their very own garments after the assembly and all their belongings had been returned to them earlier than they left, although the spouse’s footwear had been retained as they didn’t clear the safety examine as a result of a “metallic chip” was present in one of many footwear, which is being analysed.
India yesterday accused Pakistan of disregarding cultural and non secular sensibilities of Jadhav’s relations on the pretext of safety, pointing to the “elimination of mangal sutra, bangles and bindi, in addition to a change in apparel not warranted by safety”.
Asif mentioned Pakistan has been open and clear all through the assembly, provided in good religion.
“We don’t want to take pleasure in fallacious accusations and blame sport and will give attention to the larger optimistic end result that the assembly occurred, regardless of immense challenges and impediments, as a substitute of distortion of information and baseless propaganda, which vitiates the ambiance and is counter-productive,” he mentioned.
Later, Pakistan International Ministry spokesperson accused the Indian media of shaping public opinion for its “nefarious designs”.
“Let me guarantee you that we are able to win any argument on this (Jadhav assembly), as now we have all of the paperwork and file with us. Nonetheless, the intent and the aim behind this gesture is essential and must be registered,” he mentioned.
“Sadly, the go to has develop into extra in regards to the shoe and fewer in regards to the assembly,” the spokesperson mentioned.
He mentioned that Sushma Swaraj, the Indian Exterior Affairs Minister, talked about a Notice Verble in her speech within the Parliament.
“We will probably be responding to it shortly,” the spokesperson mentioned.
Through the December 25 assembly, whose photos had been launched by Pakistan, Jadhav was seen sitting behind a glass display whereas his mom and spouse sat on the opposite aspect. They spoke by an intercom and all the 40-minute proceedings appeared to have been recorded on video.
Jadhav, 47, who was arrested in March final 12 months, was sentenced to loss of life by a Pakistani army court docket for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.
New Delhi says Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran the place he had reliable enterprise pursuits, and dropped at Pakistan. To save lots of Jadhav, India moved the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice, which ordered Pakistan in Might to remain his execution.
(With PTI inputs)