India stands totally exposed on issue of terror financing in Pakistan: FO

India has called off bilateral maritime security talks with Pakistan scheduled for April 17, a coastal security source said on Saturday.

The development comes amid tensions between the two countries over Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, being awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court. According to Imran, Khalil confessed to crossing the LoC almost 15 times over the last two years. The defense ministry said that Pakistan has taken a decision that defies all global norms, which is why it would be futile to hold talks with the country. "These activities have been of criminal nature, leading to killing of or maiming of Pakistani citizens", he said.

In the covering letter sent with the dossier, Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had claimed that the arrest of "Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav from Balochistan and his confessional statement admitting involvement in activities aimed at destabilising Pakistan, and support to terrorist elements vindicated Pakistan's long-standing position about India's involvement in such activities".

The three suspects were involved in a bomb blast outside a police station in Abbaspur in September, said the DSP, claiming that Khalil was offered Rs 5 lakh for the task.

Military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said the sentence was passed by a Field General Court Martial and confirmed by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. India has also rejected Pakistan's demand that it accept Jadhav was a spy and cooperate in the investigation in return for consular access to him, and has warned that Pakistan's refusal to accord access is in contravention of worldwide law.

The Indian side also conveyed that it will appeal the order and was studying the Pakistan Army Act for the same. Pakistan has repeatedly characterised it as "terrorism" promoted by hostile states such as India. Pakistani officials suspect that Indian spy agencies were behind his disappearance. 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.

  • Leroy Wright