After India exposed Pakistan’s lies, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), on Thursday, was forced to issue a statement on the Kulbhushan Jadhav-family meeting held on December 25. Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) said that the purpose of the meeting was successfully achieved despite all impediments.
The DG ISPR said that Indian allegations on Pakistan regarding the meeting are baseless and counterproductive as security procedure was discussed through diplomatic channels in writing.
“Cloth change and other jewelry items were taken off because of the security measures. The footwear of Jadhav’s wife was retained as it did not clear security check. When the shoes were retained, Indian DHC JP Singh was informed and he didn't say anything,” said the Pakistani MoFA.
India has repeatedly slammed Pakistan for arranging a propaganda meeting, criticising it for refraining the Jadhav family from using their mother tongue during the interaction and also for not briefing about the security checks procedure to India.
The DG ISPR also said that the Meeting was not permitted in Marathi, claiming,
“Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother spoke to him comfortably in English for 40 minutes.”
On Thursday, EAM Sushma Swaraj teared into Pakistan for the humiliating treatment meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife.
“Not just his wife but bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed. When I spoke to her she told me that as soon as she reached Kulbhushan asked her 'Baba kaise hain?' because he thought a mishap has taken place when he wasn't around,” she said.
Replying to India’s accusations, Pakistani MoFA said,
“Cross and other religious belongings are taken off at airports, purpose of belongings being taken off was security and not humiliation contrary to what has been reported.”
India also criticised the way Pakistani media heckled and harassed Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family. The Pakistan MoFA, however, said that the media was at a safe distance from the family.
“Media has all the right to ask questions at a safe distance,” it said.
After hosting a propaganda meeting, the Pakistan MoFA also said that India should acknowledge Pakistan’s humanitarian effort, if not appreciate it.
Kulbhushan Jadhav met his wife and mother on December 25, after languishing 21 months in a Pakistani prison, in a highly controlled environment.