Amid row over Kulbhushan Jadhav, India cancels maritime talks with Pakistan

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After a Pakistan court sentenced Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav to death, India is planning to escalate the diplomatic offensive by restricting visas only on humanitarian grounds, including medical reasons, to Pakistani citizens.

A delegation led by Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency was scheduled to visit New Delhi for four days from April 16, reported PTI.

However, sources from Indian Coast Guard told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the Defence Ministry has not given clearance for the delegation's visit.

He confessed before a magistrate and the court that he was tasked by the Indian intelligence agency to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities aiming to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of law enforcement agencies for restoring peace in Balochistan and Karachi.

Jadhav was reportedly captured in Balochistan in March a year ago.

Earlier, Union Home Mister Rajnath Singh has said in support for Jadhav and also government will be do whatever required for justice in the case.

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Meanwhile, there was no official confirmation on reports of India asking its high commission in Pakistan to go slow on visas to Pakistan nationals in wake of the development. India has said it had sought consular access to him 13 times, and was refused each time.

"Inflammatory statements and rhetoric about "pre-meditated murder" and "unrest in Balochistan", will only result in escalation, serving no useful goal", Aziz warned. "Kulbhushan Jadhav", Khan tweeted on Wednesday night.

The decision came amid tension between India and Pakistan over the death sentence awarded to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan's military court on charges of spying and espionage on April 10. "So, my first demand was to provide us the details of the charge-sheet and copy of the verdict", he said.

The Pakistan Army had also released a "confessional video" of Jadhav after his arrest.

Pakistan has collected fresh evidences on Indian involvement inside Pakistan to spread anarchy and militancy, sources stated.

Jadhav's death penalty has worsened ties that have been frosty since last year's attack by Pakistani terrorists on an army camp in Kashmir's Uri, in which 19 military personnel were killed. "We are trying everything to get access to Jadhav", he said talking to reporters. "If anything happens to him, we will term it as a pre-meditated murder", he said. "Most of those hanged in India, or on death row presently are dalits, adivasis, religious minorities, Kashmiris", Mr Khalid said.

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