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Jadhav’s wife can meet him, India told
November 11, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday announced that the wife of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, can meet him purely on humanitarian grounds.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said a Note Verbale to this effect was sent to the Indian High Commission on Friday.

“The government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds,” a two-para statement from the ministry said.

Islamabad has said that Jadhav, an officer with the Indian Navy and attached to the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was arrested on March 3, 2016 after he crossed illegally into Pakistan.

Friday’s statement said Jadhav had confessed in a Pakistani court that he was tasked by RAW to plan, co-ordinate and organise espionage, terrorist and sabotage activities aimed at destabilising and waging war against Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, India and Pakistan agreed for constant endeavour to maintain peaceful and tranquil borders as well as “utmost caution and care” in dealing with civilians during the bi-annual talks between the chiefs of both countries’ border guarding forces.

The three-day 44th Director General-level meeting of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers, which began on Nov.8 and ended on Friday, also saw both sides agreeing on more frequent meeting between field commanders. It was also decided that the next round of talks will be held in Pakistan.

“The talks were held in a constructive atmosphere. The need for cooperation to maintain the sanctity of the borders was stressed upon. The talks ended with both sides agreeing on constant endeavour to maintain peaceful and tranquil borders,” a BSF official told IANS.

“It was agreed upon in deliberations that utmost caution and care should be exercised in dealing with the civilians. The need for timely exchange of information at the field level with increased frequency of field commanders-level meetings and simultaneous coordinated patrolling were also discussed.”

The 23-member Indian delegation was headed by Director General Border Security Force KK Sharma, and the 19-member Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by its Director General, Sindh, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Saeed.

Both the delegations also had representatives from respective Home and Foreign Ministries along with officers from narcotics control and survey departments.

The DG-level talks process between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers, aimed at reviewing the implementation of the agreed norms of cooperation between the two border guarding forces, was started after a decision taken in a Home Secretary-level meeting held in Islamabad in May 1989.

Indo-Asian News Service

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