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Asif rejects Indian criticism on Kulbhushan, family meeting

ISLAMABAD: Responding Indian External Affairs Minister’s statement about meeting of wife and mother of Kulbushan Jadhav, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif categorically rejected all Indian allegations and stated that the meeting of the wife and mother of Commander Jadhav was permitted on humanitarian grounds, in lines with Islamic teachings and traditions of compassion and grace.

“The purpose of the visit was to have a meeting of Commander Jadhav with his wife and mother, which was successfully achieved despite all impediments. This needs to be acknowledged,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement.

Referring to criticism in Indian media, questioning the modalities of the visit, Asif underscored that Pakistan’s humanitarian gesture did not obviate the fact that this was not an ordinary meeting between a mother and wife with their son and husband.

“The reality remains that Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav is a serving Indian Naval Officer and a convicted Indian terrorist and spy responsible for multiple deaths and destruction in Pakistan,” he said.

He said a comprehensive security check was therefore essential. This was agreed between both countries, in advance, through diplomatic channels. The visitors were treated with respect and dignity.

Meanwhile, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal while addressing the weekly news briefing in Islamabad Thursday said that success of meeting of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav with his family is evident by the fact that the mother thanked Pakistan after the visit. He said Indian allegations coming 24 hours after the visit are baseless, counterproductive and regrettable.

Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Commander Jadhav is a convicted Indian terrorist and spy responsible for multiple deaths and destruction in Pakistan. He said that cloth change and removal of jewellery and ornaments was purely for security reasons and all their belongings were returned to them before they left.

Earlier, Indian foreign minister Sushma Sawaraj during her address before parliament alleged Pakistan of pressurising the Indian spy and using the friendly gesture as propaganda. Agencies

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