Kulbhushan Jadhav

Amid tensions going on between India and Pakistan over the death sentence that has been awarded to the former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav India has cancelled the dialogue with Pakistan over Maritime security that was scheduled for early next week. Pakistan’s maritime security agency led delegation was supposed to visit New Delhi on 16-19 April to discuss issues related to fishermen and search and rescue operations.

News agency Press Trust of India cited its sources in the Coast Guard as saying the Ministry of Defence has not given clearance for the delegation’s visit.

India already responded to the Pakistan Military court’s judgement, sentencing death to Jadhav and claiming him of being an agent of RAW. India called the decision as premeditated murder followed by placing three demands as it asked for consular access to Jadhav and a detailed copy of military court’s verdict. As per the Pakistan army act, 1952, Pakistan’s military court is not required to maintain a written record of the judgement citing reasonable logic for the verdict. India had sought for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav for the 14th time which was later rejected by Pakistan.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said: “I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter.”Earlier on Friday, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said “Pakistan is playing a dangerous game. Pakistan should understand that if India starts retaliating then it does not have the power to fight back, whatever they may project themselves to be.” He further added “But, we want peace. We do not want provocation. So they should send Jadhav back.

While india is trying hard to free Jadhav from Pakistan, Police in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have claimed that they have arrested three suspected RAW agents for their alleged involvement in anti-state activities.