Pakistan to arrange meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and wife on 'humanitarian grounds'

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"The Government of Pakistan has determined to rearrange a gathering of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav together with his mate, in Pakistan, strictly on humanitarian grounds", ministry proponent Mohammed Faisal same in a very statement.

In its list, the Pakistan foreign office had said the Indian prisoners included "52 civilians and 494 fishermen".

Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian lodged in Pakistani jail on charges of spying, will be allowed to meet his wife, Islamabad announced on Friday. It's believed that the two countries had discussed the issue last month in a meeting between foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and the newly appointed Pakistani high commissioner to New Delhi, Sohail Mahmood.

The Indian national, who is a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested in March previous year on charges espionage and alleged spy, which New Delhi is denying and making all the efforts to bring back Jadhav to his country.

On May 18, 2017, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the hanging, after India approached it against the death sentence. Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

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India had many times requested a Pakistani visa for Jadhav's mother, Avantika, who wished to meet her son in Pakistan prison.

Jadhav, on 22 June, filed a mercy petition before Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Pakistan had earlier said that Jadhav purportedly "confessed" to being a spy forRAW in a video release.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province March 3 a year ago after he reportedly entered from Iran.

To this end, India's written response was submitted to registrar Philippe Couvreur of the ICJ. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

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