India seeks certificate on Jadhav’s health from Pak

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Apr 2017 08:46:42


INDIA has demanded from Pakistan a certificate on the health condition of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court there, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also said that the Government is yet to receive a copy of any chargesheet against Jadhav, and did not even know who had defended him in the military court that sentenced him the death sentence. Maintaining that the well being and state of Jadhav’s health is a “matter of great concern” to India, Baglay said, “We haven’t seen, we haven’t met (Jadhav). He has been in Pakistan’s custody for more than a year. So the well being and state of health of Jadhav is a matter of great concern.

“We have asked the Pakistani government earlier also, and yesterday our High Commissioner (to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale) made a request for providing a report on his medical condition. So we await Pakistan’s response.” Indian Government had on Wednesday made a request for the 16th time to Pakistan for consular access to Jadhav, the spokesperson said. Baglay also hoped that Pakistan would expedite the visa for Jadhav’s mother and father who want to see their son as also file an appeal in person, if required. They have applied for the visa in the Pakistan High Commission here, he said. Bambawale had also handed over to the Pakistan Foreign Secretary an appeal by Jadhav’s mother as well as a petition by her seeking the Pakistan government’s intervention for his release and expressing the desire to meet him.

The Indian envoy had also met the Pakistani Foreign Secretary on April 14 and expressed India’s concern regarding the whereabouts and health condition of Jadhav.