Reacting to Pakistan's announcement that Jadhav's wife will be allowed to meet him purely on "humanitarian grounds", the MEA official said, "There was a long-standing request from the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to visit Pakistan and meet her son".
In a note verbale to New Delhi last week, Islamabad said Jadhav's wife would be allowed to meet him on "humanitarian grounds".
India on Thursday demanded a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan to ensure the safety and well-being of the mother and wife of imprisoned former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, when they visit Pakistan to meet him. They would be accompanied by an Indian diplomat from the High Commission in Islamabad.
Then in April Pakistani military court sentenced to death Jadhav on the charges of espionage and terrorism. Pakistan claims Jadhav was working with Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), when he was arrested.
"We are now awaiting their response to our response", Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said here today. Pakistan is "upset" over India's insistence on a diplomat accompanying them, sources told BusinessLine. The Pakistani offer comes as the ICJ judgement on the Indian case is also around the corner. Although this request was pending, India still responded positively to the offer made by Pakistan to arrange meeting of Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife.
He indicated that India will go ahead with the case against Pakistan.
In Islamabad, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal confirmed that India had asked for Jadhav's mother to meet him. He added that there would be no let-up of India's campaign to free Jadhav - "we are determined to pursue all measures with full vigour so as to secure the final release of an innocent Indian".
India had appealed against the capital punishment to Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 previous year after he reportedly entered from Iran.