Pakistan claims to have detected a “metallic substance” in shoes worn by wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav when she went to meet him at the Foreign Office in Islamabad.
Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) confirmed that a “metallic substance” had been detected in shoes that were retained by security officials prior to the meeting with the Indian death row prisoner.
Pakistan FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal in a statement has said, “There was something in the shoe. It is being investigated. We gave her a pair of replacement shoes. All her jewellery etc were returned after the meeting.”
The Indian external affairs ministry in a statement had said that Pakistan went so far as to have the mangal sutra, bangles and bindi of Jadhav’s mother and wife removed before they could meet him.
They also accused Pakistan of disregarding cultural and religious sensibilities of family members under the pretext of security.
Pakistan FO said that it does not wish to indulge in a “meaningless battle of words” and categorically rejects India’s baseless “allegations and twists” about attitude of authorities during Jadhav’s meeting with his wife and mother.
“The Indian baseless allegations and twists, that came 24 hrs later, about the visit of the wife and mother of Commander Jadhav, a convicted terrorist and spy, who has confessed to his crimes, are categorically rejected,” the statement said.
Jadhav, who was captured in March last year, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.