New Delhi: A day after the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian man sentenced to death in Pakistan, met him in Islamabad, India called the exercise “lacking in any credibility” and said the “overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating”. Mr Jadhav’s mother and wife were forced to change their clothes, not allowed to speak in their mother-tongue, and his wife’s shoes were never returned, said New Delhi today.
Mr Jadhav, 47, met his wife Chetankul and mother Avanti Jadhav for around 45 minutes across a glass screen yesterday. Arrested last year, Mr Jadhav was sentenced to death in April on charges of spying after what India called a “kangaroo court”.
Pakistan’s foreign office incessantly tweeted photos of the meeting, calling it a “grand gesture”.
The family returned last evening and met with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, ministers of state MJ Akbar and VK Singh and officials today. Hours later, New Delhi came out with an official response.
Pakistan violated the “letter and spirit of our understandings”, said foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
Mr Jadhav’s family handled the meeting “with great courage and fortitude”, said Mr Kumar, accusing Pakistan of using it to try and “bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Mr Jadhav’s alleged activities”.
The cultural and religious sensibilities of the family were disregarded, said the official, when “under the pretext of security precautions… they were asked to remove their mangal-sutra, bangles and bindi” and also change their clothes.