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New Delhi, March 9, 2017: Dismissing China’s objections over Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s proposed visit to Arunachal Pradesh in April, the Indian government on Thursday said it has no say in his travel plans within the country.

“The government’s position in this regard has been consistent,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said during a media briefing here.

“He is a revered religious figure, who is treated as such by the government and the people of India. The government has no say in his travel within India and no political meaning should be attached to them as such,” he added.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry had last week objected to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying it will cause serious damage to the India-China ties and warned New Delhi not to provide him a platform for “anti-China activities”.

According to reports, the Dalai Lama will be visiting the Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh after a gap of eight years.

Fearing Chinese military takeover in Tibet, the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 through Arunachal Pradesh. The Tibetan government-in-exile is functioning from McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh. (IANS)

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Sushma Swaraj meets with Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife

Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May. 

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Kulbhushan Jadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court.. Wikileaks
Kulbhushan Jadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court.. Wikileaks
A day after their meeting across a glass panel with Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad, the mother and wife of the Indian national on death row in Pakistan, met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here on Tuesday.
According to reports, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar accompanied Jadhav’s mother Avanti and wife Chetankul during the meeting at Sushma Swaraj’s residence.
In a meeting described as a “humanitarian gesture” by the Pakistan government on the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Jadhav came face to face with his mother and wife after a gap of 22 months at the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad on Monday.
Separated by a glass partition in the heavily-guarded building, they spoke through an intercom watched by the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh who escorted them to the meeting.
Jadhav’s family was later taken to the Indian High Commission before their return to India late on Monday night via Oman.
The two women did not speak to the media in Islamabad.
Pakistan has said that the meeting does not mean any change in Pakistan’s stance regarding Jadhav.
Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May.
India has said that Jadhav is innocent and has maintained that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had gone for handling his businesses after superannuation from the Indian Navy.
Despite the death verdict, Pakistan last week reiterated that he was not under threat of an immediate execution as his mercy petitions were still pending. IANS