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Vice-President condemns Pakistan for insulting Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife

New Delhi, December 27, 2017: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday described Pakistan’s handling of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s meeting with his family members as inhuman and said the act has hurt the sentiments of Indians.

He said so while interacting with 17 member faculty and students from Harvard, Stanford and MIT of the USA.

During the 40-minute interaction, Naidu eloborated and responded to queries on India’s strengths, opportunities and challenges besides its emergence as a global power.

Naidu said that India seeks peace in the region for the benefit of all the countries but some are adopting a different approach.

“Pakistani authorities insisting on removal of ‘mangalsutra’ by the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav and other restrictions did not go well with the people of India and Pakistan did not do any good for itself in this regard even as it sought to showcase its gesture by allowing the family union to the world,” said the Vice-President. 

On December 25, Pakistan allowed Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet with his mother and wife on what they said on “humanitarian grounds”. The meeting which ran about 40 minutes saw Jadhav and his family members separated by a glass window. Also, Pakistan authorities conducted the meeting via intercom.

But what came across as shocking from Pakistan is the way they treated the wife and mother of Jadhav. Pakistan authorities made sure to harass the Jadhav’s mother and wife by forcing them to remove the ‘mangalsutra’.

It was the first time Jadhav met with his family members after more than a year and a half. He was arrested by Pakistan’s authorities in March 2016. However, Indian authorities have said that he was kidnapped in Iran.

If that was not enough, Jadhav’s family was interrupted while speaking in Marathi and Hindi by Pakistan’s foreign ministry official, Fereha Bugti. They had to, off and on, switch to English and again Marathi or Hindi to continue the conversation.

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