Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife, mother reach Islamabad

Kulbhushan Jadhav meets family, mother thanks Pakistan

He said he was involved in "terror activities" and was "face of Indian terror on Pakistani soil".

Pawar said he and Kulbhushan's other friends would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to bring Jadhav back home at the earliest, he said. India maintains that he was kidnapped. "He has been sentenced to death by Pakistan", he said.

It was the first meeting between Jadhav and his family since his arrest in March a year ago.

He went on saying that the meeting should also not be deemed as consular access to the convicted spy.

Shashi Tharoor, speaking to ANI, said, "In one sense, it is a step forward because 22 months after they arrested this poor man, finally somebody is able to see him".

India has also handed over to Pakistan an appeal by Jadhav's mother, initiating a process to get his conviction overturned.

On the question why a glass wall was put between them during the meeting, he said it was done "for security reasons".

Pakistan foreign office later released pictures of Jadhav talking to his wife and mother from behind a glass screen.

The video message played by the Foreign Office during a press conference after Jadhav's meeting with his family was recorded before their meeting, officials said. Pakistan on 20 December issued visa to Jadhav's wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.

Jadhav, an in-service Indian navy officer had illegally crossed into Pakistan from Iran and confessed to have been tasked by Indian intelligence agency to damage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and fan unrest in Balochistan and parts of Pakistan.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May. India had approached the International Court of Justice against his execution which was later halted by ICJ pending the final verdict.

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