Shoes were confiscated because a metallic substance”After India accused Islamabad of not returning the shoes of alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife following their Dec. 26 meeting , the Pakistan Foreign Office has said that her shoes were confiscated because a “metallic substance” had been detected in them. In a statement, the Foreign Office rejected Indian allegations that the meeting was conducted in an “intimidating” atmosphere as “baseless and twisted.” “We do not wish to indulge in a meaningless battle of words. Our openness and transparency belies these allegations. If Indian concerns were serious, the guests or the Indian [diplomat] should have raised them during the visit with the media, which was readily available, but at a safe distance, as requested by India,” the statement said. The Foreign Office said the shoes of Jadhav’s wife, Chetankul, were retained because they contained something ‘metallic.’ “There was something in the shoe. It is being investigated. We gave her a pair of replacement shoes. All her jewelry etc. were returned after the meeting,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said. India in a strong statement accused Pakistani authorities of making Jadhav’s mother and wife remove their bindis, mangalsutras and bangles ahead of the meeting. “For some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, the shoes of the wife of Shri Jadhav were not returned to her after the meeting,” India said Dec. 26, further warning “We would caution against any mischievous intent in this regard.” The Foreign Office statement recalled that Jadhav’s mother “publicly thanked Pakistan for the humanitarian gesture” in front of the media, adding: “Nothing more needs to be said.”
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has said that India should go to war with Pakistan and split it into four parts. Reacting sharply to the treatment meted out to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, on death row in Pakistan over alleged espionage, Swamy, a Rajya Sabha member, said “serious homework” for the war should begin “right now”.
“Whatever treatment was given to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav is akin to Draupadi’s vastraharan that resulted in Mahabharata.It’s very unfortunate and we are hurt and now time has come when we should wage war against Pakistan to tear it apart into four pieces,” he told media in India.
The mangalsutra, bangles and bindi of Jadhav’s wife and mother were reportedly removed before the tightly-controlled interaction he had with them, according to an external affairs ministry statement in New Delhi.
“I don’t say that we should do this (declare war) immediately, but we should start doing serious homework for this right now,” Swamy said, adding “it’s my personal opinion and it often becomes party’s opinion also.”
Swamy said splintering Pakistan was the only solution to India’s running feud with its neighbour. When asked if Monday’s strike by the Indian Army, in which three Pakistani soldiers were killed, was a befitting reply to them, he said, “It’s okay, but for a permanent solution, Pakistan needs to be split.”
He also sought an immediate end to the External Affairs Ministry issuing medical visas to Pakistani nationals. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been facilitating grant of visas to ailing Pakistani nationals as a humanitarian gesture.