Thursday, 28 December 2017
'Absurd to suggest mystery chip planted in Kulbhushan wife's shoes': Sushma Swaraj
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday rejected Pakistan's claims of something suspicious found in Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife's shoes, terming the allegation "an absurdity beyond measure", India Today reported.
While addressing Rajya Sabha — the upper house of the parliament in India — following a meeting with family of Indian spy Jadhav, Swaraj said that it was "absurd to suggest there was a mystery chip or camera or recording device planted inside Kulbhushan's wife's shoes."
Earlier this week, Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) had said the shoes of the Indian spy's wife Chetankul were confiscated on security grounds after "something metallic" was found in her shoe.
Swaraj today also reiterated claims that the trial conducted by Pakistan to convict Jadhav was "farcical" and his mother and wife were humiliated by Pakistani authorities before and after their meeting with him.
The FO has already previously rejected these claims, saying: "If Indian concerns were serious, the guests or the Indian DHC [deputy high commissioner] should have raised them during the visit, with the media, which was readily available, but at a safe distance, as requested by India."
Saying Pakistan does not wish to indulge in a "meaningless battle of words", the FO spokesman had said it is a fact that Jadhav's mother "publicly thanked Pakistan for the humanitarian gesture", therefore "nothing more needs to be said."
Convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife were allowed to meet him on "humanitarian grounds" by Pakistan 21 months after Jadhav's arrest and as a gesture of goodwill on Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's birthday.
"We note with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings," India had complained in a statement hours after Jadhav's wife and mother met officials at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi triggering a spat between the two neighbouring nuclear powers.