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Jadhav was coerced, India tells Pak

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NEW DELHI, Dec 26 - India today hit back at Pakistan, accusing it of violating mutual understandings on Kulbhushan Jadhav�s meeting with his family, and said the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly-controlled interaction.

Pakistan went so far as to have the mangal sutra, bangles and bindi of his mother and wife removed before they could meet him, the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

Also, most of Jadhav�s remarks were clearly tutored and designed �to perpetuate the false narrative� of his alleged spying in Pakistan, it said in a no-holds-barred statement against Islamabad�s conduct.

Summing up its anger, India said the manner in which Pakistan conducted Jadhav�s meeting yesterday with his family violated the letter and spirit of understandings that the two countries had.

Countering Pakistan�s contention that the meeting was a humanitarian concession, India�s statement said �this exercise lacked any credibility.�

�From the feedback we have received of the meeting, it appears that Jadhav was under considerable stress and speaking in an atmosphere of coercion,� the MEA statement said.

�We also regret that contrary to assurances, the overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating insofar as family members were concerned,� it said.

Family members, however, handled the situation with �great courage and fortitude,� the ministry said. The 47- year-old Jadhav�s �appearance also raises questions of his health and well being.�

The meeting, at the Pakistani foreign affairs ministry in Islamabad, took place after repeated requests by India for family access.

Jadhav, who was captured in March, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.

New Delhi says Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan. To save Jadhav, India moved the International Court of Justice, which ordered Pakistan in May to stay his execution.

During yesteday�s meeting, whose pictures were released by Pakistan, Jadhav was seen sitting behind a glass screen while his mother and wife sat on the other side. They spoke through intercom and the entire 40-minute proceedings appeared to have been recorded on video.

Before the meeting, the two governments were in touch through diplomatic channels and had reached �clear understandings� on the meeting�s modalities and format, the MEA statement said.

While India �scrupulously abided by all its commitments,� Pakistan violated the letter and spirit of the understandings, it said.

Despite a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access, Pakistani press was allowed on multiple occasions to �approach family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl false and motivated accusations� about Jadhav, the statement said. � PTI

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Jadhav was coerced, India tells Pak

NEW DELHI, Dec 26 - India today hit back at Pakistan, accusing it of violating mutual understandings on Kulbhushan Jadhav�s meeting with his family, and said the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly-controlled interaction.

Pakistan went so far as to have the mangal sutra, bangles and bindi of his mother and wife removed before they could meet him, the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

Also, most of Jadhav�s remarks were clearly tutored and designed �to perpetuate the false narrative� of his alleged spying in Pakistan, it said in a no-holds-barred statement against Islamabad�s conduct.

Summing up its anger, India said the manner in which Pakistan conducted Jadhav�s meeting yesterday with his family violated the letter and spirit of understandings that the two countries had.

Countering Pakistan�s contention that the meeting was a humanitarian concession, India�s statement said �this exercise lacked any credibility.�

�From the feedback we have received of the meeting, it appears that Jadhav was under considerable stress and speaking in an atmosphere of coercion,� the MEA statement said.

�We also regret that contrary to assurances, the overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating insofar as family members were concerned,� it said.

Family members, however, handled the situation with �great courage and fortitude,� the ministry said. The 47- year-old Jadhav�s �appearance also raises questions of his health and well being.�

The meeting, at the Pakistani foreign affairs ministry in Islamabad, took place after repeated requests by India for family access.

Jadhav, who was captured in March, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.

New Delhi says Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan. To save Jadhav, India moved the International Court of Justice, which ordered Pakistan in May to stay his execution.

During yesteday�s meeting, whose pictures were released by Pakistan, Jadhav was seen sitting behind a glass screen while his mother and wife sat on the other side. They spoke through intercom and the entire 40-minute proceedings appeared to have been recorded on video.

Before the meeting, the two governments were in touch through diplomatic channels and had reached �clear understandings� on the meeting�s modalities and format, the MEA statement said.

While India �scrupulously abided by all its commitments,� Pakistan violated the letter and spirit of the understandings, it said.

Despite a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access, Pakistani press was allowed on multiple occasions to �approach family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl false and motivated accusations� about Jadhav, the statement said. � PTI

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