Congress Slams Govt For 'Botched' Jadhav Meet, Naresh Agarwal Defends Pak's Treatment

| December 27 , 2017 , 14:53 IST

Pakistan in a 'humanitarian gesture' allowed the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian spy on death row in Pakistan, to meet him on Christmas day, however, the meeting was termed as a farce with his family members being humiliated instead.

Congress leader Veerappa Moily on Wednesday blamed the government for the humiliation Jadhav's family faced in Pakistan, who were hounded by media upon their arrival and forced to change their clothes, remove their bangles, bindis, and change clothes before meeting him. Moily called the incident "a diplomatic failure" of the government and the external affairs ministry.

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"The manner in which Kulbhushan Jadhav's family was treated is inhuman. The MEA should have ensured what kind of protocol is arranged for (Jadhav) family. It's a diplomatic failure on the part of our MEA and country," said Moily.

He claimed that the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj or Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have discussed the details with counterparts in Pakistan before Jadhav's mother and wife went to Islamabad.

Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal stoked controversy when he defended the treatment meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav, when he said that Pakistan considers Jadhav a terrorist and treated him accordingly.

"If Pakistan considers Kulbhushan Jadhav to be a terrorist in their nation, they will treat him accordingly, in our country also, terrorists should be treated in the same manner, a harsh manner" said Agarwal.