New Delhi: India on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for violating rules of engagement between Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav & family in “letter and spirit”.
Briefing the media over Jadhav’s meeting with his mother and wife in Islamabad on Monday, Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said, “the manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath was clearly an attempt to bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav’s alleged activities. You would all agree that this exercise lacked any credibility.”
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.”
Under pretext of security precautions, cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded, alleged Raveesh. “This included removal of mangal sutra, bangles and bindi, as well as a change in attire that was not warranted by security.”
Kumar pointed out the appearance of Jadhav who appeared to be under severe stress and the prsioner’s post speech after meeting family members “was designed to perpetuate false narrative.”
“It appears that Kulbhushan Jadhav was under considerable stress & speaking in an atmosphere of coercion. Most of his remarks were clearly tutored & designed to perpetuate false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan.His appearance also raises questions of his health.”
Kumar also questioned why Jadhav and his mother were prevented from talking in mother tongue.
The two sides had met across a glass panel and had to speak through an intercom.
India has maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy while Pakistan says “he is the face of Indian terrorism in its country.”