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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Statement Tutored: India

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A day after India termed Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting his kin at the Pakistan Foreign Ministry in Islamabad as an ‘exercise that lacked any credibility’, the Pakistan Foreign Office on Tuesday rejected New Delhi’s criticism, saying the shoes of Jadhav’s wife were confiscated on security grounds, reported DawnNews.

In a statement to DawnNews, Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said ‘there was something in the shoe’, adding that it’s being investigated. Faisal said Jadhav’s wife had been provided with replacement shoes and all her jeweller was returned. The spokesperson added saying Chetna acknowledged that she got her belongings back, barring the shoe.

The 40-minute meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his mother Avanti and wife Chetna was filled with tears of joy as well as sadness. It was across a glass screen face-to-face interaction through a telephone for audio on Monday. His appearance has raised questions about health and wellbeing in Indian media and some foreign news agencies too.

Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani authorities last year in March on charges of espionage and this was his first meeting since then with family members. India maintains earlier statement that he was kidnapped from Iran.

He enquired about the health of his father to mother and wife initially and later talked about how Indian intelligence agencies had sent him to spy. Indian authorities claim Jadhav’s statements were tutored.

The family members said to Indian officials he unwell and tired, and he looked stressed too.

India said, “Most of his remarks were clearly tutored and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan. His appearance also raises questions of his health and well being.”