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Pakistan ‘processing’ visa applications of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother

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Islamabad: Pakistan, on Saturday, said that the visa applications of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and sister are being processed, a few days after India’s plea for consular access to the death row prisoner.

Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign office, said in a tweet “Visa applications of mother and wife of Commander Jadhav received for their visit on humanitarian grounds.  Being processed.”

However, no timelines have been mentioned.

On Wednesday, Pakistan rejected India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the retired navy official who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, claiming that New Delhi wanted access to get the information gathered by him.

Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced on charges of espionage and terrorism, with Pakistan claiming he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

The International Court of Justice has currently halted Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution after India moved the world court on his death sentence.

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