Kulbhushan Jadhav issue: India cancels maritime talks with Pak

The new dossier is based on the early video confessional statement and also statements given in front of the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) by Yadav for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan, the local media reported.

The request was made on Friday during a meeting between Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, sources told BusinessLine.

The Advisor said that a number of steps were taken during Jadhav's trial to ensure transparency under Pakistani law and Pakistan Army Act. "I have again requested the Pakistan foreign secretary to give access to Jadhav so that we can appeal", Bambawale said.

Amid the row over death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan has prepared a new dossier to be submitted to the United Nations, reportedly containing more "evidence" against the alleged Indian "spy". Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Mr Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 previous year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

India had earlier criticised the Pakistan government for not sharing Jadhav's location and details of his condition and said that the global norm to provide consular access was not followed.

Previous year in July, Director General of Indian Coast Guard Rajender Singh was given warm welcome by Pakistani authorities, when he led an Indian delegation for the annual talk for Islamabad.

"We tracked their movements and phone calls with the help of intelligence agencies and finally arrested them two days ago (Tuesday)", he said.

Aziz also slammed the "inflammatory statements and rhetoric of premeditated murder" issued by the Indian government, which he said "will only result in escalation, serving no useful purpose".

India's decision to put on hold all talks with Pakistan comes at a time when the Kulbushan Jadhav row has been the debating point in both countries.

The government had tried to defend the Indus talks saying that as long as India was party to the Indus Waters Treaty, it was under legal obligation to attend all "treaty-mandated meetings".

According to him, Jadhav had "sponsored and directed" IEDs and grenade attacks in Gwadar and Turbat areas of Pakistan.

A qualified legal officer was also provided to defend him in court proceedings, he said.

  • Carolyn Briggs