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Kulbhushan Jadhav death row: India allows wife, mother to visit Pakistan, but has 3 conditions


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New Delhi: India has sought “sovereign guarantee” from Pakistan to ensure safety and security of the wife and the mother of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav if they are allowed to visit him. The external affairs ministry said Pakistan has also been asked not to subject the two women to any questioning, harassment or interrogation during their stay in Pakistan.

On November 10, Pakistan had said it will allow Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India requested it to grant visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India has also asked Pakistan that a diplomat of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad should be allowed to accompany the two women at all times, including during the meeting with Jadhav. He also asserted that offer of such a meeting does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on consular access and not following the due process in treating Jadhav who faces death sentence through a “farcical process and on concocted charges”.

Meanwhile, India has expressed outrage at a Pakistani court’s order to release Lashkar-a-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed just after 10 months of house arrest. The foreign ministry said the move was an “attempt by Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists”. “It is evident that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is for all to see,” the ministry said.

The US has already expressed its displeasure over the development. Hafiz Saeed, in turn. Is expected to walk free on Thursday night if the Pakistan government does not detain him in any other case, his lawyer was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.

Hafiz Saeed’s release has come days after the US Defence Department persuaded the US Congress to drop a provision that had linked reimbursements to Pakistan with demonstrable action against LeT.

Pakistan hits out at humane gestures  

Pakistan has, meanwhile, accused India of “politicising” humanitarian issues and said selective issuance of medical visas to its citizens was not a gesture of compassion but “cold blooded politicking”. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said the Indian policy of selective issuance of medical visa to Pakistanis was “regrettable”.  “No one is fooled by Indian gimmickry. This is not a gesture of compassion but cold blooded politicking under which individuals are picked at will for political mileage,” he said. Faisal’s remarks came days after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to grant a visa to a Pakistani woman for a liver transplant in India.

Swiss reject Baloch leader’s asylum plea

Switzerland on Wednesday rejected the request of the exiled leader of the banned Baloch Republican Party (BRP), Brahumdagh Bugti, for political asylum after more than seven years. Bugti took to twitter to inform of the development. Incidentally, Bugti had, on September 19, 2016, formally asked the Indian government to grant him asylum and citizenship so that he could live in India and move around the world to campaign against Pakistan. Miffed over the long rope given by Pakistan to Hafiz Saeed, can give Bugti asylum and settle scores.