LIVE: " Intercom was switched off when mother spoke Marathi," EAM

New Delhi, Dec 28: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement in the Lok Sabha today on the treatment meted out by Pakistan to the family members of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Here are LIVE updates:

-Mother was not allowed to speak in Marathi, 2 Pakistani officials present in the meeting kept stopping her repeatedly but when she continued, the intercom was switched off: EAM Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha

-Jadhav Ji's mother who only wears a saree was forced to wear salwar-kurta. Bindi, bangles andmangalsutras of both mother and wife were removed. Both the married women were made to like widows: EAM Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha

-It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again and again and an environment of fear was created for them: EAM in Rajya Sabha

-Even after her repeated attempts, the shoes of Kulbhushan Yadav's wife were not returned. Pakistan says there was a camera or a recorder in the shoes, nothing can be more absurd than this as she traveled in 2 flights with those shoes on. It is an absurdity beyond measure: EAM

-Not just his wife but bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed, 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: EAM in Rajya Sabha

- A meeting of a mother with her son & a wife with her husband was turned into a propaganda tool by Pakistan :EAM Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha

 

The meeting between Jadhav and his mother and wife took place on December 25 at the Pakistani foreign affairs ministry in Islamabad after repeated requests by India for family access.

On Tuesday, India accused Pakistan of violating mutual understanding on Jadhav's meeting with his family, and said the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly-controlled interaction.

Pakistan went so far as to have the mangalsutra, bangles and bindi of his mother and wife removed before they could meet him, the external affairs ministry had said.

 

Jadhav, who was arrested in March, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted. 

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