Kulbhushan death sentence: India puts all bilateral talks with Pakistan on hold

India has called off maritime security dialogue with Pakistan, scheduled for early next week.

As India's ties with Pakistan worsen due to the death sentence given to retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, the country has chose to put all bilateral exchanges with Pakistan on hold. Find us on Facebook too! "I have again requested the Pakistan Foreign Secretary to give access to Jadhav so that we can appeal", Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale told the Press Trust of India (PTI) after meeting with the Pakistan foreign secretary.

Pakistan has claimed that death sentence was based on "credible" and "specific" evidence.

Unnamed sources in India's Coast Guard said the Ministry of Defence has not given clearance for the delegation's visit, according to Press Trust of India. Earlier, India has put all bilateral talks with Pakistan on hold and now it has chose to limit the number of visas issued to Pakistan. India had demanded a certified copy of the chargesheet and judgement and also sought consular access to Jadhav.

"India has been blowing the trumpet on the issue of terrorism since long but the fact is that the India's intelligence agency itself is involved in terrorism", he said while talking to state-run Radio Pakistan.

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Parrikar added: "First of all, they have abducted him".

The Congress today said it stood with the government on Kulbhushan Jadhav's sentencing by Pakistan and there can be no politics on it as the judicial process adopted by the neighbouring country lacks credibility.

Last Monday, April 10, Pakistan announced that a Field General Court Martial had awarded the death sentence to Jadhav, who was reportedly arrested from Balochistan's Mashkel area on March 3, 2016.

"He may lodge a mercy petition to the president of Pakistan within 90 days after the decision of COAS on the mercy petition", said Mr Aziz explaining the ultimate option available to him.

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