In response to Pakistan's offer to arrange a meeting between Indian convicted spy-terrorist Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, the Indian government has sought permission for his mother to also have a meeting with her son, government sources said.
Islamabad last week took New Delhi by surprise by offering a meeting between Jadhav and his wife and it took a week for the latter to respond to the gesture, which Pakistan had said was on humanitarian grounds and as per "Islamic traditions and jurisprudence".
On April 10, 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan.
India has appealed to the court to impose emergency measures for Jadhav's execution to be suspended until the legal battle in Hague concludes, while also accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access and for being in breach of worldwide human rights law. Pakistan's offer comes days before it has to file a response in the ICJ in response to India's petition. The move came months after New Delhi requested Islamabad to allow Jadhav's mother to meet him on humanitarian grounds. However, there was no confirmation available from the Indian side.
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Any citizen who wishes to exercise their right to freedom of speech must not inconvenience other citizens, the court said. Therefore, he said, now there was no justification for any sit-in to protest this issue.
Some media reports have linked Pakistan's offer to the quiet efforts by the US.
Nonetheless, Pakistan's decision to allow the Indian spy to meet his wife might have been a result of a hushed meeting between the two countries in connection with the issue. India has warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the execution, which it described as "premeditated murder", was carried out. "Indian reply to Pakistan's humanitarian offer for Commander Jadhav received & is being considered", he tweeted.
Jadhav's mother, it should be recalled, had earlier submitted a petition against her son's death sentence and had also pleaded to the federal government to intervene for his release. Later Pakistan had refused to give India the permission to gain consular access to the Indian spy.