NEW DELHI: Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday addressed the Rajya Sabha on the treatment meted out to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family members by Pakistan when they had gone there to meet him. Swaraj will address Lok Sabha at noon.
Addressing the Upper House of Parliament, (Rajya Sabha) Swaraj said that the meeting was nothing like a humanitarian gesture as human rights of the family members were violated again and again and an environment of fear was created for them.
Even after her repeated attempts, the shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife were not returned. Pakistan says there was a camera or a recorder in the shoes, nothing can be more absurd than this as she traveled in two flights with those shoes on. It is an absurdity beyond measure.
In the month She said that, Hope the House will strongly condemn the attitude and actions of Pak authorities, which violates human rights of Jadhav’s family.Not just his wife but bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed, I spoke to her she told me that as soon as she reached Kulbhushan asked her ‘Baba kaise hain?’ because he thought a mishap has taken place when he wasn’t around Sushma Swaraj said.
It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again and again and an environment of fear was created for them. The Government has successfully stalled Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence through a farcical trial, says Sushma Swaraj . It’s sad Pakistan used Jadhav-family meet as propaganda.
Earlier on Wednesday, Parliament witnessed protests, with various political parties, including the Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress and AIADMK strongly protested the way Pakistan authorities humiliated the mother and wife of jailed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has demanded that Jadhav should be brought back. “We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country,” Kharge said.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said Pakistan disregarded the cultural and religious sensibilities of Jadhav’s family, who met him on Monday in Islamabad.