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

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

Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan for alleged spying, met his wife and mother in Islamabad in a carefully choreographed event that unfolded in tweets, photos and TV footage. 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. The meeting was held at the FO in the federal capital under strict security.

"Jadhav or his family would know what they were going through by "meeting" but in real sense not meeting at the same time". "It has nothing to do with consular access", he added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan foreign office, in a statement, clarified that Jadhav was not given consular access.

The meeting started at around 1.35pm and lasted about 45 minutes, after which the entire party remerged, and were driven away in a white SUV.

Jadhav, in the video that was apparently shot before he got to meet his kin, also said that he had requested to meet his family members and that he was grateful to the Pakistan Government for letting that happen.

The two women first visited the Indian High Commission in the Pakistani capital, after which they moved to meet Jadhav at the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). Jadhav's family had a brief stop at the mission again before they headed to the airport to catch a flight to India via Dubai.

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Speaking to ANI, he said, "There were hopes that the family will be given some kind of privacy but they meet Jadhav through a glass".

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. It was the fist time that Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March previous year, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told a Pakistani media channel that Pakistan has granted India consular access to Jadhav since an Indian diplomat will be accompanying the prisoner's wife and mother. It claims that he was in possession of an Indian passport that identified him as Hussein Mubarak Patel. India claims the former Navy officer, who set up a business in Iran's Chabahar port after retiring from the force, was abducted and sold to Pakistan intelligence agencies by the Taliban.

They also did not talk to the reporters while leaving the building, although journalists kept shouting questions.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan on April 10.

While the masterminds of horrific Mumbai attack are yet to face any kind of justice in Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested and sentenced in less than a year in a closed-door trial by a military court.