After a long wait of years, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family finally had a chance to meet him in Islamabad today. Jadhav is an Indian national and a former Indian Naval Officer who was arrested by Pakistan over charges of espionage and terrorism. He was sentenced to death in a Field General Court Martial on April 10, 2017 after three-and-a-half months of trial. Jadhav’s case is being persued by both the countries in the International Court of Justice.
The wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav met him at the Pakistan Foreign Ministry office in Islamabad accompanied by the deputy High Commissioner of India J.P Singh. Pakistan had stated that this meeting would happen on humanitarian grounds on the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Before the meeting began some news reports came from Pakistani media that consular access was allowed for Jadhav, a demand that India has put up 13 times unsuccessfully. But this news proved to be false as Pakistan instantly denied any such development.
The Foreign Office of Pakistan released images of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s meeting with his mother and wife. During the meeting Jadhav was separated from them by a glass wall and they could only talk via loudspeaker on the telephone.
Meeting between Commander Kulbushan Jhadev & his family in progress pic.twitter.com/THG925V1fO— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) December 25, 2017
As soon as the image was released people started tweeting their reactions calling the meeting a sham and inhuman.
Former Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay tweeted “Today, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that is haunting me as an Indian, the pictures of Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife 'meeting' and speaking to him through a thick glass shield. Can a state be so savage and brutal? Yes, if it is Pakistan. Rise O' India rise.”
Today, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that is haunting me as an Indian, the pictures of Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife 'meeting' and speaking to him through a thick glass shield. Can a state be so savage and brutal ? Yes, if it is Pakistan. Rise O' India rise .— Tarun Vijay (@Tarunvijay) December 25, 2017
Writer and activist Sadhvi Khosla tweeted “Very heart breaking pics of #KulbhushanJadhav meeting his mother and wife with a glass pane between them. Pakistan, why don’t you have a mother bless her son and a wife hug her husband?”
Very heart breaking pics of #KulbhushanJadhav meeting his mother and wife with a glass pane between them. Pakistan, why don’t you have a mother bless her son and a wife hug her husband? @ForeignOfficePk pic.twitter.com/WzNPLMIQrF— Sadhavi Khosla (@sadhavi) December 25, 2017
There is a glass pane that separates #KulbhushanJadhav & his mother & wife. Talking on phone across a glass pane. Pictures on Pak TV. First proof that Jadhav is alive. But inhuman Pak doesn't let a mother & son, husband & wife hug for comfort. JP Singh,Dy HC looks from a distance— Dr. Aliya Kareem (@DrAliya7) December 25, 2017
Speaker telephone, glass barricades, 3 cameras, and 2 officials to monitor a conversation between Kulbhushan Jadhav & his wife & mother? Madam @SushmaSwaraj ji, Hope you have noted down the points. Not a merry Christmas. pic.twitter.com/iGUldR2jb6— Bhaiyyaji (@bhaiyyajispeaks) December 25, 2017
Sad to see kulbhushan's wife and old mother meet jadhav via glass window. That's not it they were made to stand for photo op outside foreign office deliberately. One pic of inside shows bruises on jadhav's head . Pakistan has not observed diplomatic practices #KulbhushanJadhav— Naveen Kapoor ANI (@IamNaveenKapoor) December 25, 2017
So as expected the farce that this meeting was has been exposed. Jadhav not even allowed to physically meet mother and wife. Separated by a glass window. What are the Pakistanis afraid of? https://t.co/lzXDtROvGx— Man Aman Singh Chhina (@manaman_chhina) December 25, 2017
Sad to see kulbhushan's wife and old mother meet jadhav via glass window. That's not it they were made to stand for photo op outside foreign office deliberately. . Pakistan has not observed some diplomatic practices also #KulbhushanJadhav— amit mishra (@amitmishrainn) December 25, 2017
Kulbhushan Yadav- Such a meeting with Mother & wife, from behind a hermetically sealed thick glass & Telephone, could well have been done through video conferencing. This episode proves Pak lacks sincerity & can not b trusted ever.— Col Ajit Bhinder (@ajitbhinder) December 25, 2017
Injuries, bruises covered under makeup, glass barricade put so that noone can find out how much NaPak has tortured #KulbhushanJadhav that he has been difficulties in sitting on chair.#HinduDeniedEquality pic.twitter.com/TFnj4SKjPG— Ashima ???????? (@AshiQuotes) December 25, 2017
Pakistan on the other hand maintains that the glass wall was for security reasons and that this was already communicated in advance.
It was for security reasons,we had already told them that you will be able to meet him but a security barrier would be there: Dr.Mohd Faisal,Pak Foreign Ministry Spokesperson on ANI's question regarding glass barrier between Jadhav and his mother and wife #KulbhushanJadhav pic.twitter.com/S6yFvvQnt5— News World India (@NewsWorldIN) December 25, 2017
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