Sushma Swaraj On Pak's Treatment Of Jadhavs In Parliament Today

Sushma Swaraj On Pak's Treatment Of Jadhavs In Parliament Today


NEW DELHI:  Amid outrage over the treatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife in Pakistan, which has prompted opposition calls for strong action, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will make a statement in Parliament today.

Yesterday, an angry opposition roundly condemned the way Pakistan treated the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying.

Mr Jadhav's mother Avanti and wife Chetankul were forced to change and take off their mangal-sutra, bindi and bangles for the 45-minute meeting on Monday tightly controlled by Pakistani officers. Chetankul Jadhav's shoes were not returned by Pakistan, which claims there was "something metallic" in them and they are being examined by forensic experts.

Interacting with his family for the first time since his arrest last year by Pakistan, Mr Jadhav spoke across a glass screen through intercom. The family was not allowed to use their native Marathi language and according to relatives and friends, Mr Jadhav appeared to be speaking from a script.

After the meeting, the family was forced to wait for their car outside the Pakistan Foreign Office, which left them wide open for harassment by the Pakistani media. They faced questions like - "Aapke patidev ne hazaron begunah Pakistaniyo ke khoon se Holi kheli ispar kya kahengi? (your husband killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis, what do you have to say about that?)'" and "Aapke kya jazbaat hain apne kaatil bete se milne ke baad? (How do you feel after meeting your killer son?)".

A relative of the Jadhavs has said the family is "even more depressed" than they had been before the visit.

Political parties including Congress, Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress and AIADMK, strongly protested in both houses of parliament yesterday. Members shouted slogans in the Lok Sabha of "Pakistan Murdabad (down with Pakistan)".

"We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country," said Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the Lok Sabha.

On India's appeal in May, the World Court or the International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan to hold Mr Jadhav's execution.

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