Amid fresh tension in bilateral relationship over former navy officer Kulbhushan Jhadav’s death sentence, India launched a diplomatic onslaught by cancelling the maritime talks with Pakistan, which was scheduled to be held in early next week, reports said.
A delegation led by Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) was to visit New Delhi during April 16-19 to discuss issues related to fishermen and search and rescue operations.
According to reports, the Ministry of Defence has not given clearance for the delegation’s visit.
The development comes in the wake of the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jhadav in Pakistan on the charge of spying. Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of terrorism and spying for India’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
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.
“I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” Swaraj had said while speaking in the Rajya Sabha.
There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav. This is an act of premeditated murder, Swaraj had said while vowing to go all out to save the former navy officer.