Pakistan Will Allow Convicted Spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to Meet Wife

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The Pakistan Foreign Office today allowed Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife on humanitarian grounds.

"The government of Pakistan has made a decision to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds", a two-para statement from the ministry said.

This comes days after the Pakistan Army, while talking about the mercy plea of alleged Indian Jadhav, said the officer's petition is now in its final stage and also that "good news will be delivered soon".

In April 2017, Kulbhushan Jhadav was awarded death sentence by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

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India has denied that Jadhav is a serving navy personnel and also rejected Pakistan's claim that he was working for RAW and involved in spying. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj even wrote a "personal letter" to the advisor to the prime minister of Pakistan on national security and foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz asking for approval of visa application of Jadhav's mother so that she may travel to Pakistan.

In a reaction to the move, Pakistan's relations with neighbour India tensed, and India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hear the case.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran. The Indian government refuted Pakistan's allegations as it said he was kidnapped from Iran where he had gone for some work related to his business.

Jadhav was sentenced to death earlier this year; however, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered a stay in his execution. Pakistan will submit its counter-pleadings in the case on December 13. This will be the first time Pakistan will grant access to the former officer.