Amid fresh turmoil in ties with Pakistan over the death sentence to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, India has decided to put on hold all bilateral exchanges.
The government on Friday called off talks between the two countries on maritime security which was scheduled for April 17.
India officially conveyed to Pakistan that it wasn’t prepared to host a delegation of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency which was supposed to travel to India on Sunday.
According to Indian media, the defence ministry decided that it wasn’t the time to discuss security with Pakistan when the neighbouring country had awarded death sentence to Jadhav.
The only engagement that the two countries have had until now this year has come in the form of Indus Water Commission talks for which an Indian delegation visited Islamabad.
However, the secretary-level talks which were supposed to happen over the same issue in the US earlier this week too have been postponed. The World Bank is now expected to come up with a fresh set of dates for the talks meant to resolve differences between India and Pakistan over Kishenganga and Ratle power projects in J&K.
On the other hand, Indian Home Minister said India will go to any extent to save Kulbhusan Jadhav.
“We will leave no stones unturned to save Kulbhusan’s life. We are ready to go to any extent, if need be,” Singh said.
Asked to comment on Pakistan’s claim that Kulbhusan was given a fair opportunity to go through a trial before pronouncing the death sentence, the the home minister said that he did not believe that a transparent judicial process was followed before his death sentence. “No justice has been meted out to Kusbhusan before pronouncing the death sentence,” Singh added.
Rajnath Singh also expressed concern over low turnout in IHK polls. “We have taken note of what has happened in the recently held elections in Jammu & Kashmir. It is really a matter of concern in a democratic set-up. We have decided what to do and we will achieve our goal in due course of time,” Singh said.
“Pakistan’s attitude towards Jadhav is condemnable. Consular access was denied to the Indian High Commission which is a violation of human rights. We will try to serve justice to Jadhav. We will raise this on an international forum and discuss with leaders of other nations,” said Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Madhav.
Pakistan sentenced the Indian Research and Analysis Wing agent Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi, the ISPR said on April 10. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act.—INP