Indian demands Kulbhushan return to homeland

Indian demands Kulbhushan return to homeland

Delhi, India (Staff Report): India demands Kulbhushan return to homeland in the first high-level contact between India and Pakistan in months, Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood met Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj earlier this week, officials said.

During the meeting, Sushma Swaraj discussed the current state of affairs in bilateral relations with Mahmood, who officially took charge as Pakistan's envoy to India last month. She is believed to have asked Pakistan to review its position on Kulbhushan Jadhav, the ‘RAW’ agent who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court earlier this year.

She said that bilateral relations could only be proceed if Pakistan drops all charges against Jadhav and send him back to India, media sources reported. Jadhav's case is currently being heard by the International Court of Justice which earlier this year stayed his death sentence.

After his arrival to India, it was Mahmood's first meeting with a top government official and he is also expected to meet NSA Ajit Doval and foreign secretary S Jaishankar in the coming days.

Swaraj had announced on Thursday, that India would grant medical visas to deserving cases on the auspicious occasion of Diwali including Pakistanis.

She tweeted, “On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, India will grant medical Visa in all deserving cases pending today. @IndiainPakistan”.