After Pakistan refused to show any leniency in the death sentence of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian government has escalated the matter by putting on hold all bilateral talks with Pakistan. One such meeting was to be conducted on April 17, on the agenda of maritime security, but the same has been cancelled by Indian government. The talks were to be held as part of an earlier agreement wherein Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and Indian Coast Guard were looking to end the deadlock over last year’s attack on an Indian army camp in Uri, J&K.
However, the talks have now been cancelled due to the rigid stance taken by Pakistan over the death sentence handed to Jadhav. The defense ministry said that Pakistan has taken a decision that defies all international norms, which is why it would be futile to hold talks with the country. The only talks that could be held now would relate to the Indus Water Treaty, since in this case India has a legal obligation to continue with the discussions.