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India calls off annual maritime talks with Pakistan over Kulbhushan death sentence

April 15, 2017

Kulbhushan JadhavNew Delhi: After Pakistan gave death sentence to 46-year-old Indian businessman Kulbhushan Jadhav for allegedly carrying out sabotage and espionage activities in the country, India has taken a few steps in response to the arbitrary decision.

After it was reported that the government is planning to put curbs on visas for Pakistani nationals, it has now decided to put on hold all bilateral exchanges between both the nations. As per reports, Indian officials have now decided to put on hold all bilateral exchanges with the neighbouring country.

The government on Friday called off talks between the two countries on maritime security which was scheduled for April 17.

India officially conveyed to Pakistan that it wasn’t prepared to host a delegation of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) which was supposed to travel to India on Sunday.

The two countries had approved dialogue between PMSA and Indian Coast Guard in a sign that they were looking to break the stalemate caused by the attack last year on an Indian army camp in J&K’s Uri.

However, the Defence Ministry has now decided that it is not the right time to discuss security with Pakistan, as it had awarded death penalty to Jadhav without any conclusive evidence.

The only engagement that the two countries have had until now this year has come in the form of Indus Water Commission talks for which an Indian delegation visited Islamabad.

The visit by PMSA for April 17 talks would have been the first by any Pakistani delegation after the Uri attack. Sources here said that the sudden and inexplicable decision to award death sentence to Jadhav meant there couldn’t be business as usual at any level with Pakistan.

“The Indian high commission in Islamabad has conveyed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the MSA-ICG meeting scheduled to be held in Delhi on 17th has been postponed,” said Pakistan high commission spokesperson Khawaja Maaz Tariq said.


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