Visa applications of Jadhav's mother, wife being processed: FO

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Pakistan has said that the visa applications of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav's family had been received and were being "processed".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that Pakistan will grant visa to both the mother and the wife of Jadhav.

Apprehended Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav's mother and wife has on Saturday submitted visa applications to meet him.

Pakistan has allowed Kulbhusan Jadhav meeting with his mother and wife on Dec 25, the FO spokesman had told a press briefing on December 8.

Jadhav, alias Hussein Mubarak Patel, was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation from Mashkel area of Balochistan for his involvement in espionage and sabotage actives in Pakistan.

Faisal said Pakistan offered to arrange a meeting of Jadhav with his family members on humanitarian grounds.

Jadhav had filed an appeal with Pakistani Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.

India has appealed to the court to impose emergency measures for Jadhav's execution to be suspended until the legal battle in Hague concludes, while also accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access and for being in breach of global human rights law.

Kulbhushan Yadav was arrested a year ago in Balochistan on charges of spying and stoking terrorism and sectarianism in the country.

India, however, maintains that Mr. Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. However, they are not likely to be deputed in Pakistan again.The trick of throwing honey trap by spy agencies to lure officials of enemy nations is a common practice but it's a rare development when Indian officials were targeted in Pakistan.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism evoking a sharp reaction in India.