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QUESTION NO.2730 VISA TO MOTHER OF KULBHUSHAN JADHAV

August 10, 2017

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2730
TO BE ANSWERED ON 10.08.2017

VISA TO MOTHER OF KULBHUSHAN JADHAV

2730. SHRI NARAYAN LAL PANCHARIYA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has written to the Government of Pakistan to grant Visa to mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;

(b) what has been the reply from the Government of Pakistan;

(c) whether any steps have been taken by Government to seek consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav; and

(d) if so, the details thereof along with the outcome of such steps?


ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI M.J. AKBAR)

(a) & (b) Yes. The Government issued a note verbale on 25 April 2017 to the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi requesting visas for the parents of Shri Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav. The External Affairs Minister also wrote a letter to the then Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs on 27 April 2017 seeking his personal intervention in the matter. However, there has been no response from Pakistan side.

(c) & (d) Government has repeatedly sought consular access to Shri Jadhav since 25 March 2016 when the High Commission of India in Islamabad was first informed of his custody with Pakistan authorities. However, Pakistan has not provided consular access to Shri Jadhav so far.

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