Jadhav has not been given consular access, clarifies Pak FO

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"We permitted the Indian request purely on humanitarian grounds as in accordance with Islamic morals and teachings", he said, adding "many mothers have lost their sons" due to "Commander Jadhav's action at Indian behest".

Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother will meet him in Pakistan on Monday. Jadhav's family is expected to leave Pakistan soon after the meeting.

He affirmed that Kulbhushan was not given consular access as the Indian official was barred to speak anything.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the presence of Indian diplomat during the scheduled meeting between Jadhav and his family did not mean he was given Indian consular access, Geo News reported.

"This meeting was not consular access as we had told India that its diplomat would see the meeting but was not allowed to speak or participate in it", Faisal told reporters.

He said the two women spoke "openly and had a productive meeting" with Jadhav.

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This was the first meeting between Jadhav, who was convicted of espionage, and his family since his arrest on March 3, 2016.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was present at the meeting between Jadhav and his family, which will last 30 minutes.

Faisal said that the wife and mother of Jadhav "thanked Pakistan, FO and our team for the meeting while going away".

Pakistani officials insist Jadhav has confessed before the country's military court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency "to plan, coordinate and organize espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities" against Pakistan. "This was conveyed to Indian High Commission categorically", he said. Jadhav's wife and mother greeted the media persons after arrival but refused to respond to their questions.

Jadhav was at the ministry before his family arrived. In India, officials however downplayed the comments by the Pakistani minister, maintaining that an Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access". It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the ministry.

Times of India cited Asif as saying that the reason the meeting is taking place is because Pakistan didn't want India to create the impression that Jadhav was denied access to his family, especially since the spy's case is now being heard at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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