India’s conflicting views on Pak offer

PUNE – Indian Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre has claimed that it was the pressure from both India and the international community that forced Pakistan to allow the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet him.

On Friday, the Pakistani foreign ministry allowed the arrangement of a visit by Jadhav’s wife, on ‘purely humanitarian grounds’.

“The Indian government has been building continuous pressure on Pakistan ever since the capital punishment was proclaimed on Jadhav.

 His death sentence has been halted due to the strong pressure from the Indian side. The current move to allow Jadhav’s wife to meet him is a result of that sustained pressure,” he said.

Bhamre said India, along with the international community, has managed to isolate Pakistan on this issue.

Contrary to her juniors’ claim, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman termed Pakistan’s decision to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row there, to meet his wife, a ‘good humanitarian gesture’.

“It is a good humanitarian gesture,” she said at a press conference here when asked about Islamabad’s decision.

Sitharaman said she learnt about Pakistan’s decision from the media. “I don’t know what is the position on allowing his wife to visit him, but it is a good gesture.

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