New Delhi: Amid tensions over death sentence being awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, India has called off maritime security dialogue with Pakistan, which scheduled for early next week.
A delegation led by Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) was to visit New Delhi on April16-19 to discuss issues related to fishermen, search and rescue operations.
As per sources, Ministry of defence has not given clearance for the delegation’s visit.
Former naval officer Kulbhushan was convicted by a Pakistani military court for spying and fomenting unrest in the province of Balochistan.
Amid outrage in India over Kulbhushan Jadhav issue, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had said the Indian national has a right to appeal against his death sentence within 60 days.
Notably, the ex-Indian Navy officer was arrested on March, 2016. India has been claiming that Jadhav was abducted in Iran.
A statement issued by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) described Jadhav as a Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) agent who was arrested during “Counter Intelligence Operation” from Mashkel, Balochistan.