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Kulbhushan Jadhav not given consular access: FO

Kulbhushan Jadhav not given consular access: FO

10 May, 2017: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) asks Pakistan not to act on Jadhav's execution. If we had allowed him to speak or listen to Jadhav, it would have come under the issue of consular access.

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

The mother and wife of Jadhav were being provided with a meeting with him in the light of "Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds", Faisal had earlier said.

The meeting ended around 3:40 pm.

Subramanian Swamy, speaking to CNN-News18, said Pakistan should have allowed one-on-one contact to Jadhav's family and the meeting should have been private. The meeting was held at the Foreign Ministry's Agha Shahi Block.

7 December, 2016: Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs, admits "not enough evidence" was provided on Jadhav. "We honour our commitments", foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted along with a picture of the visitors.

The wife, right, and mother, centre, of Kulbhushan Jadhav are escorted by an Indian diplomat after their meeting with Jadhav at the foreign ministry in Islamabad.

A diplomatic officer of the Indian High Commission will also accompany the wife and mother of Jadhav during the visit, Swaraj said. After they went in, the door shut behind them.

The two women had arrived in Islamabad earlier today via Dubai on a commercial flight and spent about 30 minutes at the Indian Embassy before being driven to the Foreign Ministry. They are expected to stay at the Indian embassy for a few hours before returning to India in the evening.

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In a transcript released by Pakistan of what it says is Jadhav's confession, the former naval officer says disrupting the Chinese-funded projects was a main goal of his activities. The communication between them was through an intercom device.

The meeting started at 2.18 p.m., according to the Foreign Office.

The wife and mother greeted the media persons after arrival but refused to respond to their questions.

The MoFA also showed Jadhav's medical report and claimed he was in excellent health.

Jadhav was at the ministry before his family arrived.

"Media may kindly be kept at a distance to ensure security of the family members and avoid any harassment to them", he quoted from a letter the foreign ministry received from the Indian government ahead of Monday's meeting.

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).

Indian has always denied the allegations, saying Jadhav was abducted from Iran where he had gone on a private business trip and then brought to Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Office has clarified in a statement that they have not granted India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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

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