India asks Pak to ensure safety of Jadhav's wife, mom

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"We have further asked that a diplomat from our High Commission in Pakistan, shall be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting", said MEA.

India on Thursday asked Pakistan to allow the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, former Indian naval officer sentenced to death by Pak military court on espionage charges, to meet him in presence of an official of the Indian High Commission.

India had appealed against the capital punishment to Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Pakistan's foreign ministry has said that it received India's response and is considering it, The Indian Express reported. The government has told Pakistan that not only will his wife, but his mother too would travel to Pakistan to meet him along with a diplomat.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at the weekly briefing: "You are aware that there was a longstanding request from the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to visit Pakistan and meet her son".

Earlier this month, the Pakistan government had said it had allowed Jadhav's wife to meet him on "humanitarian grounds" even though his mother's request had been pending with them for over 10 months.

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Pakistan has been referring to Jadhav as commander since he was picked from Balochistan, in an attempt to imply that he was a serving Indian official. India says Jadhav was a businessman in Iran from where he was kidnapped and paraded by Pakistan's shadowy ISI as an Indian "spy".

Responding to Pakistan's offer of access to Jadhav's wife, made last week, India has replied with a set of riders.

He indicated that India will go ahead with the case against Pakistan.

In its application, India had also informed the ICJ that it learnt about the death sentence against Jadhav from a press release.

Jadhav was apprehended by Pakistani law enforcement agencies on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly crossed over to the country illegally. Also sought sovereign guarantee from Govt of Pak to ensure safety, security of both.