Pakistan on Wednesday granted visas to jailed death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi granted visas to the two to visit Islamabad.

The neighbouring country had on Saturday said that the visa applications of Jadhav’s wife and mother had been received and were being “processed”, days after it again rejected India’s plea for consular access to Jadhav.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

Earlier this month, Pakistan had allowed Jadhav’s mother and wife permission to meet him on December 25, in the presence of an Indian high commission official. However, it did not respond to New Delhi’s request for a sovereign guarantee to ensure their safety and security during the visit.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

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