‘Jadhav will be given all support’
The External Affairs Ministry has been asked to extend all possible help to former Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav, arrested by Pakistan, which has claimed that he was a RAW operative, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday.
“We do agree, to the extent I know, that he is an Indian citizen and we have asked for consular access,” Parrikar said, adding that he is concerned about Jadhav since he is a veteran. Giving details, the Minister said he had “indicated” to the MEA that Jadhav is an ex-officer and should be given all assistance and support required.
He said, “Sushmaji has been working vigorously to help Indians abroad, who are in problem. In this case, since the other country has made allegations, it may take a longer time.”
The Defence Minister refused to comment anything more on Jadhav, saying “other than paying him One Rank One Pension I cannot talk about anything on an ex-officer”.