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Security Boosted As Kulbhushan Jadhav's Wife, Mother Arrive In Pakistan For Visit

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| December 25 , 2017 , 12:45 IST

Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav imprisoned in Pakistan on charges of espionage will be meeting his wife and mother on Monday, who will be flying into Pakistan to meet him, accompanied by the Indian deputy high commissioner J.P. Singh. Jadhav's wife and mother will be flying out of Pakistan in the evening on Monday itself.

The spokesperson of the Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan, Dr Mohammad Faisal, confirmed the meet in a tweet on Saturday, saying, "India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day. Indian DHC in Islamabad will be the accompanying diplomat."

Pakistan had on December 20 issued a visa to Jadhav's wife and mother on humanitarian grounds to allow them to meet him. While initially, Pakistan had offered to let Jadhav's wife meet him, on India's request the agreed to let his mother meet him as well.

A retired Indian Navy officer, Jadhav was arrested by Pakistan on charges of espionage and has been in a Pakistani prison since March 2016. Pakistan accused Jadhav of being a spy for India's premier foreign intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and of instigating unrest in the Balochistan region.

In April this year, a Pakistani military court convicted Jadhav on charges of espionage, sentencing him to death.

India protested against the sentencing, denying all the allegations against Jadhav, however, could not able secure counsellor access to Jadhav. India took the matter to the International Court of Justice, which issued a stay order on Jadhav's death sentence, although Pakistan did not accept the ruling.