On Thursday, Pakistan released a new video of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national who has been sentenced to death on charges of spying, showed him saying that he had not been harmed in custody. The issue picked fire recently when India complained about the treatment of the family of death row convict Jadhav in Islamabad.
The 47-year-old Jadhav was permitted to meet his mother Avanti and wife Chentankul through a glass partition in Islamabad, which Pakistan claimed was an evidence of its humanitarianism and generosity. However, India accused Pakistan of harassing Jadhav’s family, claiming their meeting was held in an “atmosphere of coercion”. The Pakistan newspaper Dawn reported on the video released by the Pakistan Foreign Office on Thursday where Jadhav was seen saying that he “saw fear” in the eyes of his mother and wife when he met them. As per the report, Jadhav further said that an Indian diplomat accompanying them was “yelling at them”.
“I said ‘don’t worry mummy. They (Pakistan) are taking care of me, they have not touched me’. She believed me once she saw me personally. But I have to say one very important thing to the Indian public and the Indian government, and for people in Navy that my Commission has not gone, I am a commissioned officer of Indian Navy,” Jadhav was seen saying in the newly released video. Pakistan’s military said that Jadhav appealed to Pakistan’s powerful army chief to spare his life in June last year, two months after he was sentenced to death on charges of spying.
The ISPR of Pakistan claimed that Jadhav has allegedly confessed to his involvement in spying, terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan, and expressed regret at the resultant loss of innocent lives and broad damage to property due to his actions. India, however, says that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the navy.