Jadhav fallout: India calls off maritime talks with Pakistan

A delegation of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) was to visit New Delhi on April 16-19 to discuss issues related to fishermen of both the countries, who are arrested for trespassing, and search and rescue operations with the Indian Coast Guard.

A military court in Pakistan earlier this week found Jadhav guilty on two counts of espionage and sentenced him to death.

Jadhav had told judges past year that he was a naval officer who had started doing work for Indian intelligence following a 2001 attack on parliament that India blamed on militants backed by Pakistan.

The standoff between India and Pakistan is escalating since a military court in the neighbouring country has awarded death sentence to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Coast Guard sources said the Ministry of Defence has not given clearance for the delegation's visit.

The central government has put all bilateral talks with Pakistan on hold over Jadhav's death sentence. The Pakistani side had proposed to hold talks towards the end of April. Consular access was denied to the India High Commission which is a violation of human rights.




"In Jadhav's case, all circumstantial evidences indicate that he was framed and accordingly, it is only fair that he be given a fair trial by a proper judicial court", Mathai urged Diep, a former recipient of the St. Mother Teresa Award.

Pakistan said they were involved with three Indian army and RAW officers - Major Ranjeet, Major Sultan and an unnamed officer, police told Pakistan-based Geo News. There he came in contact with RAW which "lured him to work for them".

Mathai pointed out how Jadhav was not arrested on Pakistani territory but kidnapped by some militant outfits working in tandem with the current (Pakistan) regime, and that all the military courts were allegedly a sham which did not adhere to principles of natural justice.

"Pakistan wants some or other reason to remain engaged".

Singh said, the government is trying everything to get access to Jadhav.

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