United Lok Sabha condemns Pak treatment of Jadhav's family

United Lok Sabha condemns Pak treatment of Jadhav's family

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday slammed Pakistan for the manner in which it treated former navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife.

Cutting across party lines, MPs condemned the way Jadhav's mother Avanti and wife Chetankul were harassed by Pakistani security officers when they were in Islamabad on Monday to meet him.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured the members that she would make a statement on the issue in the House on Thursday.

She is also likely to make a statement in the Rajya Sabha.

"We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife were ill-treated in Pakistan," said Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha.

"He (Jadhav) should be brought back to the country and thus an example must be set. We are with you (govt) on this," Kharge added.

The senior Congress leader also demanded a discussion on the issue in the Lok Sabha.

Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.

"Pakistan allowed Kulbhushan's wife and mother to meet him under pressure from the International Court of Justice, but no degree of condemnation is enough for the way they were ill-treated," said Sawant.

Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy said, "Asking a Hindu woman to remove her 'mangal sutra' and her 'bindi' is deplorable. This act of Pakistan must be condemned from every corner of India."

AIADMK member M Thambidurai also condemned Pakistan's actions.

Jadhav has been in Pakistani custody since March 2016 on charges of espionage.

Jadhav's mother and wife were allowed to meet him at the Pakistan Foreign Office on Monday.

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