Jadhav row: India scraps talks with Pak coast guards

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He also asked how Jadhav, "an innocent man", could have two passports. However, Janjua said since it is a case of espionage, consular access can't be granted contrary to the Indian High Commission's claim that the same must be granted under global law.

Pakistan military court on April 10 announced death sentence to Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav for his alleged role in sabotage and espionage activities. However, Sartaj Aziz, adviser on Foreign Affairs to Pakistan Prime Minister, said Jadhav was given legal counsel.

Aziz "condemned" the Indian reaction over Jadhav's sentencing and warned that it would further "aggravate the people-to-people hostility".

Mathai pointed out how Jadhav was not arrested on Pakistani territory but kidnapped by some militant outfits working in tandem with the current (Pakistan) regime, and that all the military courts were allegedly a sham which did not adhere to principles of natural justice.

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His comments came at a press briefing on Friday following backlash from India post the death penalty to Jadhav. "We are trying everything to get access to Jadhav", he told reporters on the sidelines of an event in national capital on veterans. Islamabad claims Jadhav to be an Indian spy, a charge categorically rejected by New Delhi.

India said it has sought consular access to Jadhav 13 times earlier, but the permission was refused each time.

Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said Pakistan is playing a "dangerous game" in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death in the neighbouring country on charges of spying.

Pakistan's move was clearly aimed at diverting some of the flak it has taken in recent months following cross-border terrorist attacks and a voluble campaign to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) founder Maulana Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

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"Sorry, India tried to broker peace via actors, films, sports etc with Pakistan but they just want hatred, so be it!"

Randeep Hooda, who had played the role of Sarabjit Singh in the biopic, slammed the decision saying it is reminiscent of the Sarabjit's plight. The unimaginable torture to confess and total human rights violation that happen in Pakistan.

The suspects have been booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and Explosives Act, Imran said.

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