In a string of tweets, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj signaled acceptance of the Pakistani offer. "Pakistan has agreed to facilitate the visit of mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav and assured us of their safety, security and freedom of movement in Pakistan," Ms Swaraj tweeted.
I have spoken to Mrs. Avantika Jadhav mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav and informed her about this. /2- Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 8, 2017
This is the first bit of positive news from Pakistan in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, whose arrest has soured relations between the two countries.
Pakistan has agreed to facilitate the visit of mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav and assured us of their safety, security and freedom of movement in Pakistan. /5- Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 8, 2017
During Kulbhushan Jadhav's 21 months in custody, Pakistan refused to give India consular access to the former naval officer and sentenced him to death through, what India had described as a "kangaroo court". A top United Nations court, or the International Court of Justice, had halted his execution in May this year on India's appeal.
In a surprise move, Pakistan, which for months sat on a visa request from Mr Jadhav's mother, offered to let Mr Jadhav's wife meet him "on humanitarian grounds".
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who had recently met the Pakistani High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood in this context, said she had informed Mr Jadhav's family about the development.
In its announcement, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said a staff member from the Indian High Commission will be present during the meeting. He also said the family will be provided security during their stay in Pakistan
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