India cancels maritime talks with Pakistan over Jhadav

Kulbhushan Jadhav was awarded death sentence in Pakistan. The Pakistani side had proposed to hold talks towards the end of April. The only talks that could be held now would relate to the Indus Water Treaty, since in this case India has a legal obligation to continue with the discussions.

Unnamed sources in India's Coast Guard said the Ministry of Defence has not given clearance for the delegation's visit, according to Press Trust of India.

On Friday, Pakistan rejected India's 14th attempt for consular access to Jadhav and maintained his trial was in accordance with the country's laws.

"Jadhav has been denied consular access in direct violation of the Geneva Convention".

The Inter-Service Public Relations said that he was tried under Section 59 of the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 and Section 3 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923 and found guilty of all charges including "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan".

Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was arrested in March 2016 in a counter intelligence operation from Mashkel area of Balochistan, which has seen a long-running insurgency allegedly with the active support from Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies.

"Khalil would take cigarettes and cellphone memory cards with him, besides pictures of bridges, mosques and security installations, " the DSP said, adding that the suspect had given at least two active SIM cards to Indian officials.

Talking to Radio Pakistan on Saturday, Zakaria said that India was perpetrating subversive acts of terrorism in Pakistan in spite of deceptively denouncing it on the global front.

But Pakistan hit back by saying that Jadhav carried two passports, one with a Hindu name and the other bearing a Muslim name.

Describing the sentence awarded to Jhadav as a "premeditated murder", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had told Parliament that it will have a serious impact on the India-Pakistan relationship.

  • Leroy Wright