India-Pak Coast Guard talks cancelled

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New Delhi, April 15: Following the sentencing of Indian National, Kulbhushan Jadhav, by Pakistani Military court, high level talks between the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) have been cancelled, said media sources on Saturday.

India has rejected Pakistan’s charges of espionage charges on Jadhav and demanded consular access, however with Pakistan’s defiance to the Indian proposal the hostility between the two neighbours has  escalated further.

The Coast Guard talks is an annual event that began in 2003 and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the same was signed in 2005. The hot line between the two hostile nations was set up in 2006.

Both the governments had expressed interests to improve ‘coast guard to coast guard’ communication.

For this year’s round, the DG PMSA with a three-member delegation had to visit India. The last meeting was held in Pakistan.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj issued a stern warning to Pakistan, saying that Islamabad should be wary of taking such an extreme step as it could result in damaging the bilateral relations between the already hostile neighbours and vowed to go “out of the way” to save Jadhav amid an outrage in India.

Yesterday, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale asked Pakistan to provide a certified copy of the chargesheet filed and the judgement given against Jadhav.

The Indian side also conveyed that it will appeal the order.

Wefornews Bureau (with agency inputs)

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