Jadhav meeting kin is step forward, but deeply unsatisfactory: Tharoor

Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military

Amid unprecedented security cover, Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav - who was awarded death sentence for his involvement in espionage, terrorism and subversive activities against Pakistan -met his wife and mother at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

"Pakistan permits the meeting of wife and mother of Commander Jadhav with him, as a humanitarian gesture, on the birthday of the Father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah", Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

Before FO released pictures of the meeting, the media in the arch-rival state expressed concerns on why Jadhav is not shown during the meeting with wife and mother.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammed Faisal tweeted images showing Jadhav speaking to his mother Avanti and wife through an intercom with a glass panel separating them.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran. He said: "The mother and wife of Commander Jadhav sitting comfortably in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan". We extended the meeting by 10 minutes on the request of Jadhav's family.

Pakistani officials say the meeting has been allowed "purely on humanitarian grounds" and special arrangements have been put in place at the foreign ministry where the interaction will take place. They pointed out that Pakistan is only backing the meeting to make its case strong. "It is not the last meeting".

Pakistan officials claimed that more such meetings will take place, reports said.

India has maintained Jadhav's innocence and said he was kidnapped from Iran where he had gone for handling his businesses after superannuation from the Indian Navy.

Jadhav has been languishing in a Pakistani jail ever since his arrest past year over allegations that he is a spy for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's premier external intelligence agency. Meanwhile, the Islamabad Traffic Police and administration also blocked roads leading to Foreign Office and the Diplomatic Enclave by placing barricades and sealed the Red Zone.

India rejected Pak claim that since the Indian deputy high commissioner accompanied the family, it constituted "consular access".

Pakistani authorities allowed an Indian national sentenced to death for spying to see his family for the first time since his arrest, a rare and highly-anticipated meeting arranged amid tight security in Islamabad.

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