On Thursday, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif denied the allegations from the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. Sushma Swaraj alleged the Pakistani officials mistreated the mother and the wife of the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav when they met him. Khawaja Asif denied these allegations saying the meeting was held on humanitarian grounds, in line with Islamic teachings and traditions of compassion and grace.
The meeting took place on the 25th of December 2017, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Pakistani authorities alleged there was something suspicious in the shoes of Kulbhushan’s wife so they confiscated it.
Asif said, “The purpose of the visit was to have a meeting of Commander Jadhav with his wife and mother, which was achieved despite all impediments. This needs to be acknowledged.”
The Foreign Minister and Pakistani authorities extended the meeting time to 40 minutes on the request of the mother and the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The Pakistani officials boasted the meeting was a success by the fact the mother thanked the officials after the visit.
Asif said, “Pakistan’s humanitarian gesture did not obviate the fact that this was not an ordinary meeting between a mother and wife with their son and husband.” He further added it has been proved that Jadhav is a serving Indian Naval Officer and is accused of espionage and causing destruction in Pakistan.
Khawaja Asif stated the comprehensive security check is essential. Through diplomatic channels both the Countries agreed to it previously. The change and removal of clothes and ornaments respectively are purely for security reasons. The visitors changed into their own clothes after the meeting and their belongings were returned.
Asif added the wife’s shoes were retained as they did not clear the security check. The Pakistani officials found a metal chip in the shoes of Kulbhushan’s wife. The metal chip is being analyzed.
Asif said, “Trying to distort an agreed security check and attempting to portray it as a deliberate religious/cultural disrespect denotes bad faith and is regrettable. It is unfortunate that the frenzied Indian media is driving Indian politics.”
A statement released by Pakistan says, “We do not wish to indulge in fallacious accusations and blame game and should focus on the bigger positive outcome that the meeting happened, despite immense challenges and impediments, instead of distortion of facts and baseless propaganda, which vitiates the atmosphere and is counter productive.”
The statement further added Pakistan was open and transparent throughout the meeting.