India, ICJ forced Pak to step back: Kulbhushan Jadhav's friends

ANI | Updated: Nov 11, 2017 09:23 IST

India, ICJ forced Pak to step back: Kulbhushan Jadhav's friends .

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 11 (ANI): After the Government of Pakistan offered a meeting between imprisoned Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife on humanitarian grounds, his friends called it a positive step from the neighboring country and credited the Indian government and International Court of Justice(ICJ) for it .

"We see this is a positive step from Pakistan . The pressure our government created in the country and the verdict of the International court in favor of India forced Pakistan to step back," his friend Arvind Singh told ANI .

The Pakistan Government, who arrested Jadhav over charges of alleged involvement in espionage activities for India's intelligence agency - the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), decided to arrange a meeting with his wife, purely on humanitarian grounds .

However, India has always maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy .

Singh expressed his happiness that now they will get to know about Jadhav's actual condition .

"I am really happy . We were repeatedly demanding to let his parents meet him, but at least his wife is allowed a visit now . We will at least get to know about his situation, his health, and his mental condition . Till now, we didn't know what are his thoughts and were only listening to Pakistan's version," he said .

Tulsi Das Pawar, another friend of Kulbhushan, said that Pakistan would have executed Jadhav if India had not intervened at the right time .

"If India had not intervened at the right time, Pakistan would have executed him . The ICJ supported us," he said .

Pawar hoped that Pakistan might acquit Kulbhushan in the following days .

"This is a result of the continuous attempts and prayers of India . We were waiting for such moves for a long time . Our hopes have increased . They are letting him meet his wife today . Tomorrow, they might take a fair approach and acquits him . This is a very positive move from Pakistan," he said .

"The whole scenario has changed . Pakistan has now realised that they have to adhere to certain policies though they are not willing to do that . The situation is favourable for India and we are definitely going to win the case in the end," he added .

On April 10, 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan .

On May 18, 2017, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the hanging, after India approached it against the death sentence . (ANI)