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Another Coerced 'Confession'? Pakistan Releases New Video Of Kulbhushan Jadhav [WATCH]

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| January 4 , 2018 , 15:17 IST

More than a week after Indian national on death row in Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother went to meet him in Pakistan on December 25, a new video has been released on Thursday, giving Jadhav's 'statement' on the meet.

In the new video released by Pakistan, Jadhav is heard accepting that he is a commissioned officer of the Indian Navy, a statement viewed by Pakistan, as opposed to his reported status as a retired Navy official.

"I want to tell India that I am a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy. Why are you lying about my working for an intelligence agency?" Jadhav is heard saying in the video.

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He adds that his mother was "very happy" to see him and was "in a good state" when he met her.

"She said, 'I'm feeling very relaxed after seeing you'," Jadhav said in the video.

The Indian national said that he "not been subjected to any sort of torture in Pakistan" and alleged that his mother had been yelled at by Indian diplomats.

"Why were Indian diplomats yelling at my mother after her meeting with me?" Jadhav asks in the video.

"During the meeting, it looked like my mother had been beaten and brought here on a plane," he's further heard saying.

Watch the video below:

The meeting between Jadhav and his wife and mother on December 25 became controversial after the treatment that was meted out to them by Pakistan. His wife and mother were forced to change clothes, remove bangles, bindi and mangalsutra before they could meet him, and the Pakistanis even confiscated his wife's footwear. In pictures from their meet, Jadhav appeared to have injuries to his head.

Jadhav's statements in the video conveniently fall in line with the allegations made by Pakistan, including his status as an active member of the Indian Navy and an operative of Indian intelligence organisation Research and Analysis Wing. India, on the other hand, asserts that Jadhav was a retired Indian Navy official who was working in a private capacity in Iran when he was abducted by Pakistani operatives.