WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Dec 27, 2017, 05.40 AM
Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother were heckled by the Pakisktani media on Monday when they went to Islamabad to meet him.
As they saw Jadhav's wife Chetankul, Pakistani journalists shouted what would you say about your husband killing thousands of innocent Pakistanis? (`aapke patidev ne hazaron begunah Pakistaniyo ke khoon se Holi kheli ispar kya kahengi?)
They asked his mother what are your feelings after meeting your killer son? (aapke kya jazbaat hain apne kaatil bete se milne ke baad?).
In video footage of the incident, India's deputy high commissioner is seen throwing up his hands in exasperation at the line of questioning.
Watch video below:
#WATCH Islamabad: Pakistani journalists heckle & harass #KulbhushanJadhav's mother & wife after their meeting with him, shout, 'aapke patidev ne hazaron begunah Pakistaniyo ke khoon se Holi kheli ispar kya kahengi?' & 'aapke kya jazbaat hain apne kaatil bete se milne ke baad?' pic.twitter.com/MUYjPmHY6F
Jadhav's wife and mother met him at Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs under strong guard.
The area was declared out of bounds for everybody apart from media and security personnel, and sharpshooters were placed on the roofs surrounding the ministry.
Jadhav was finally allowed to meet his wife and mother but was separated from them by a glass panel.
He was able to speak to them only via an intercom.
India has taken strong note of the meeting, saying Jadhav's wife and mother were asked to take off their shoes and change their clothes.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the "cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded".
"Under the pretext of security precautions, the cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded. This included the removal of mangal sutra, bangles and bindi, as well as a change in attire that was not warranted by security," Kumar said.
"For some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, the shoes of the wife of Jadhav were not returned to her after the meeting. We would caution against any mischievous intent in this regard," he added.
Kumar said the Pakistani press, despite prior agreement that the media would not be allowed close access, was allowed on multiple occasions to approach the family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl false and motivated accusations about Jadhav.
The Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) clarified that the screen was placed due to security reasons and that Jadhav already knew this would be the setting.
It buttressed its stance by adding that Islamabad considered Jadhav as "the face of Indian terrorism, especially in Pakistan."
In addition to this, the MoFA released another "confessional" video of Jadhav`s, in which the convicted alleged spy was seen confessing that he did cross from Iran to Pakistan two years back.
Jadhav is a former Indian naval officer.
Pakistan says he is a spy. He was arrested two years ago from Pakistan's restive Balochistan province.
On April 10, 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial in Pakistan.
On May 18, 2017, the International Court of Justice stayed the hanging, after India approached it against the death sentence.