Kulbhushan Jadhav issue: India cancels maritime talks with Pak

Apr 17, 2017, 05:41

46-year-old Jadhav was recently awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court on charges of alleged espionage and sabotage activities.

India's High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale had a meeting with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

"We will definitely appeal against the judgement". No consular access has been provided. Pakistani officials suspect that Indian spy agencies were behind his disappearance. "India will go to any extent to get him justice", he said. The government is also likely to review its attempts in the past few months to encourage people to people contacts with Pakistan. However, India denied Pakistan's contention and maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped by the Pakistan authorities.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya on Saturday said that India stands totally exposed on the issue of terror financing and perpetrating subversive acts in Pakistan. India has strongly reacted against the judgment by a Pakistani military court and said that if the country carries out his execution then it will be treated as a "premeditated murder".

In a press briefing, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said there is a need to arrest the growing crisis in Pakistan-India relations before it becomes serious.

New Delhi also believe that Jadhav might have been abducted by Pakistan from Iran. The move comes after India chose to put all bilateral engagements with Pakistan on hold.

"Officials said the government is toying with the idea of placing a blanket ban, too", the report stated.

"His confessional statement was recorded before a magistrate; a qualified officer was provided to defend him throughout proceedings; all statements of witnesses were recorded under oath in the presence of accused and Jadhav was allowed to ask questions from witnesses", he added. It has also informed Pakistan that it will appeal the order after analysing the Pakistan Army Act, sources said.

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

"These facts are illogical and create doubts over allegation of his being a spy..."

Jadhav had told judges a year ago that he was a naval officer who had started doing work for Indian intelligence following a 2001 attack on parliament that India blamed on militants backed by Pakistan.

Aziz listed a several cases of terrorism in which he said Jadhav was involved. I can not decide what the two dignitaries will discuss.