New Delhi, Dec 28: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will on Thursday make a statement in both the Houses of Parliament on treatment meted out to the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan. She will first address the Rajya Sabha at 11 AM and the Lok Sabha at 12 noon. (ALSO READ – Avanti Jadhav Foils Pakistan’s Notorious Plan, Interrupts Kulbhushan Jadhav Parroting Islamabad’s Script) Also Read - Pakistan MP Who is in His Late Fifties, Marries 14-Year-Old Baloch Girl; Police Launch Probe
Earlier on Wednesday, the Parliament witnessed protests, with various political parties, including the Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress and AIADMK condemning the way Pakistan humiliated the kin of jailed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad. Also Read - Govt Permits Pakistan PM Imran Khan to Use Indian Airspace For His Maiden Visit To Sri Lanka
Speaking in Parliament, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said,”We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country.” On the other hand, Congress leader Veerappa Moily termed the incident as “a diplomatic failure on the part of our MEA and the country”. Also Read - Lok Sabha MP Mohan Delkar Found Dead in Mumbai Hotel, Suicide Suspected
Earlier on Tuesday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Pakistan disregarded the cultural and religious sensibilities of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family, who met him on Monday in Islamabad.
The wife and the mother of Jadhav were asked to remove mangalsutra, bangles and bindi, besides having been asked to change the attire, for “security” reasons. After the meeting, Jadhav’s mother and wife were also harassed in heavily guarded foreign ministry office by Pakistani journalists.
Adding to these treatment, Pakistani journalists heckled and harassed Jadhav’s mother and wife by hurling insensitive questions on them –
“Aapke patidev ne hazaron begunah Pakistaniyo ke khoon se Holi kheli ispar kya kahengi? (your husband killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis, what do you have to say about that?)'” and “Aapke kya jazbaat hain apne kaatil bete se milne ke baad? (How do you feel after meeting your killer son?)”.
Jadhav is on a death row in Pakistan over charges of terrorism and spying for India’s intelligence agency- Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). On May 18, 2017, the International Court of Justice stayed the hanging after India approached it against the death sentence.
(Inputs from Agencies)