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Pakistan on Thursday issued a new video of death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav saying an Indian High Commission diplomat yelled at his mother and he had seen fear in the eyes of his wife and mother.
The video begins with Jadhav thanking the Indian and Pakistani governments for arranging a meeting with his mother and wife. “My mother was very happy to see me. But I have to tell the Indian public and government and Indian media that I am still a commissioned officer of Indian Navy. I saw fear in the eyes of my mother and wife. After the meeting, the Indian diplomat shouted at my mother as if she was alien,” Jadhav says in his video.
“I want to tell Indian public, Indian government and Indian media that I am a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy. Why are you lying about my working for an intelligence agency” he asked.
Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 from restive Balochistan province near the Iranian border. He was tried in a military court and sentenced to death for spying and terrorism. His appeal against his sentence before Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa is still pending.
India approached the International Court of Justice, which stayed the execution in May last year. On December 25, mother and wife of Jhadav met him in Islamabad. Pakistan termed it a humanitarian gesture and not a consular access. India claimed that Pakistani authorities mistreated Jadhav’s family by taking off their shoes and jewellery, including the mangal sutra. Pakistan termed it as security measures and also claimed that there was something suspicious in the shoes of Jadhav’s wife, which is being examined. Following the controversy, India refused visas to 192 Pakistani pilgrims to the shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia in Delhi from January 1-8.
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