Mumbai/Islamabad: While Indian media and members of parliament in India raised a big hue and cry over the treatment meted out by Pakistani authorities to the family members of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan have held a ‘secret’ meeting in Thailand, senior Pakistani officials have revealed.
According to a report in Pakistani newspaper Dawn, an official from Pakistan's national security division, on the condition of anonymity, said the meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua took place on December 27 in Thailand.
The newspaper quoted the Pakistani official as saying, "The meeting was good. Ajit Doval's tone and tenor was friendly and positive." The official also told the Pakistani newspaper that he had been briefed about the meeting.
He said he was told that the meeting was useful and even claimed that it might help in restarting some sort of engagement at the diplomatic level as well, the report stated.
According to the Pakistani official, the meeting came two days after Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, met with his family in Islamabad on December 25. While Pakistan claimed that its decision to allow Jadhav's family to travel to Islamabad to meet him was a humanitarian gesture, India has slammed Pakistan for violating mutual understandings, asserting that Mr Jadhav appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly-controlled interaction.
India has also slammed Pakistan of disregarding cultural and religious sensibilities of family members under the pretext of security. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.
‘457 Indian prisoners lodged in Pak jails’
Islamabad (PTI): A total of 457 Indian prisoners, including 399 fishermen, are languishing in various Pakistani jails, according to a list the Pakistan government handed over to the Indian High Commission here on Monday. The Foreign Office said that the step of giving the list of prisoners was consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on May 21, 2008. Under the agreement, both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on January 1 and July 1.