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LAHORE: India has told Pakistan that Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife would “like to travel” to Pakistan along with his mother to meet him.

On Thursday, Indian Ministry of External Affair of India sought a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan to ensure Jadhav’s wife and mother’s safety and well-being during their stay, and that the duo will not be harassed or interrogated, Indian media reported on Thursday.

They have also asked for an Indian High Commission representative to be accompanied by the duo as they visit Kulbhushan Jadhav.

“You are aware that there was a longstanding request from the mother of Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav to visit Pakistan and meet her son. Although this request was pending, India still responded positively to the offer made by Pakistan to arrange meeting of Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife. In our response, we have conveyed that the wife of Mr. Jadhav would like to travel along with her mother-in-law for the meeting. We have also sought sovereign guarantee from the Government of Pakistan to ensure the safety, security and well-being of the wife and the mother of Mr. Jadhav and that they shall not be questioned, harassed or interrogated during their visit and stay in Pakistan. We have further asked that a diplomat of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad shall be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting,” said Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs of India.

He further added, “Let me underline that such a meeting offer does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Human Rights and not following the due process in treating Mr. Jadhav who remains incarcerated in Pakistan and faces death sentence through a farcical process and on concocted charges. While the Government hopes that Pakistan would facilitate visit by the wife and mother of Mr. Jadhav, we are determined to pursue all measures with full vigour so as to secure the final release of an innocent Indian.”

Updated On: NOVEMBER 23, 2017