India has stepped up diplomatic pressure on Pakistan over the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav. The Indian government has postponed bilateral talks with Pakistan including the secretary-level talks on the Indus Waters Treaty. A Maritime Security bilateral talks that were scheduled on Monday has also been called off.
India's decision to put on hold all talks with Pakistan comes at a time when the Kulbushan Jadhav row has been the debating point in both countries. The decision to call off the Maritime security talks was taken on Friday. India conveyed to Pakistan that it was not prepared to host a delegation of Pakistan Maritime security agency that was scheduled to travel to India on Sunday.
India and Pakistan had approved dialogue between PMSA and Indian Coast Guard hinting that they were looking to break the stalemate caused by the Uri attack in 2016. However, the defence ministry decided that the time was not right for India to discuss security with Pakistan which has defied all international norms in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
The secretary-level talks on Indus Water treaty were also postponed. The bilateral talks were to be held next week in the United States. The world bank will now come up with a fresh set of dates for the talks meant to resolve differences of both countries over Kishenganga and Ratle power projects.