Kulbhushan Jadhav meets mother, wife for 40 minutes

"There would be a partition for security reasons", a Pakistan foreign ministry official said when asked whether the family members would be allowed to meet Jadhav personally.

The video message played by the Foreign Office during a press conference after Jadhav's meeting with his family was recorded before their meeting, officials said.

"I am very thankful to the government of Pakistan for the humanitarian gesture", Jadhav was heard saying in the video.

Earlier, Jadhav's mother and wife landed in Islamabad via Dubai around noon on Monday and will be departing for India later.

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Accompanied by Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh, Jadhav's wife Chetankul and mother Avanti met him at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Islamabad.

Pakistan has deployed security and traffic personnel within and outside the FO in view of the meeting.

Pakistan Foreign Office later released pictures of Jadhav talking to his wife and mother from behind a glass screen.

Pakistan authorities say Jadhav confessed to being ordered by India's intelligence service to conduct espionage and sabotage in Baluchistan "to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan".

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The World Court ordered Pakistan in May to delay Jadhav's execution, and said Islamabad had violated a treaty guaranteeing diplomatic assistance to foreigners accused of crimes. A glass wall was put between Jadhav and the rest during the meeting. The Pakistani media had earlier reported that the Pakistan government has granted consular access after denying the same for 22 times in a row. "We permitted the Indian request purely on humanitarian grounds as in accordance with Islamic morals and teachings", he said, adding "many mothers have lost their sons" due to "Commander Jadhav's action at Indian behest". It was an open meeting, we are looking forward to a statement from Jadhav's family, Kale added. They also did not talk to the reporters while leaving the building, although journalists kept shouting questions. TV footage showed a convoy of around seven vehicles escorting Jadhav's family in the city.

The spokesman said that Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

India has challenged Pakistan's refusal to grant consular access to the spy in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In India, officials however downplayed the comments by the Pakistani minister, maintaining that an Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access". Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran.

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