New Delhi, April 15: The relationship between India and Pakistan seems to have soared further in the past few days and as it turns out, now India has called off a bilateral talk with Pakistan scheduled on April 17, 2017. This decision to cancel the maritime talks with a delegation led by Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency officials was cancelled amid the rising tension between the two nations, firstly over the death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and secondly due to Pakistan’s alleged arrest of 3 Research and Analytical Wing (RAW) agents from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Saturday. Now that the bilateral ties are weakening, we need to track back what really went wrong that unveiled this ugly phase in India and Pakistan’s ‘complicated’ relationship.Also Read - After Cities, Omicron COVID Cases Likely To Go Up In Villages: Experts

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In March 2016, an Indian national was captured by Pakistan army when he was allegedly entering Pakistan from Iran. The man arrested was found to be one, Kulbhushan Jadhav, a resident of Mumbai who was settled in Iran and had his own business there. However, Pakistan did not think that was enough and soon alleged that Jadhav was indeed a RAW agent. Also Read - IND vs SA Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Hints India vs South Africa 3rd ODI: Captain, Vice-Captain, Playing 11s For Today's India vs South Africa ODI, Injury And Team News of Match at Newlands, Cape Town at 2.00 PM IST January 23 Sunday

On April 10th, almost more than a year later, Jadhav was charged with espionage and a military court sentenced him to death for allegedly carrying on ‘subversive activities’. Soon this news reached India and then started a different wave.

Kulbhushan Jadhav was a former Indian Navy Officer, who took premature retirement and started his own business in Iran. The haste shown by the Pakistan military court in sentencing him to death took India by surprise and soon voices from both the nations began rising.

While political experts of Pakistan gave this a supportive green colour, they on the other accused India of spreading terror on their land and wanted to set an example by executing Jadhav.

India on the other sought consular access, not once but 14 times, which was sternly denied by the Pakistan authorities. In all of this, and actually before that Pakistan presented a fake passport reportedly used by Jadhav to travel. Their end of the story is that Jadhav was trying to infiltrate and was arrested from the Balochistan region. Soon they also released a confession video and stated that in the confession Jadhav has accepted that he is indeed an Indian spy. However, Pakistan could not present any direct relation between any act of terror and the role of Jadhav in it.

Anyway, soon the political experts from Pakistan started comparing Jadhav with Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of 26/11. On being asked what could be the possible reason for such secrecy and abrupt announcement of the death sentence, they could only say that the military trail was indeed 3 months old.

And regarding the espionage charge, India denied it completely, however acknowledging the fact that he was a naval officer and took prematured retirement.

Many in India and abroad questioned the reason for secrecy of the sentence given to Jadhav and cited violations of human right. However, even after 14 tries of India to seek consular access, Pakistan has not accepted it.

This was strike one.

Arrest of 3 alleged RAW agents in PoK

On April 15, 2016 Pakistan made another announcement. This time they claimed that they have arrested 3 men, possible RAW agents from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). As per the reports, Pakistan believes that these amongst these three men, was the mastermind of the Abbaspur bombing in Rawalakot.

Pakistan media stated that these men were planning to carry out a terror attack in the  Combined Medical hospital and sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as well.

The three person arrested are Khalil, Imtiaz, and Rashid, who were allegedly under the payroll of Indian intelligence and army official.

According to Sajid Imran, Poonch Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Khalil is the prime suspect. He also said that these three were involved in anti-state activities, including the bombing of a police station, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Pakistan police claimed that during preliminary investigations, Khalil told investigators that he had crossed the Line of Control (LoC) about 14 or 15 times from different parts in Abbaspur sector.

As per Pakistan media, it was Khalid who recruited Imtiaz and Rashid under him. The DSP also accused that the arrested persons had planted an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) outside a police station in Abbaspur on September 27 last year.

They have been booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and Explosives Act.

In this crackdown now, Pakistan has again pointed the finger towards India and is trying to prove their point that India is involved in acts of terrorism in Pakistani soil.

This was strike two.

India calls off bilateral maritime talks

A bilateral maritime talk was scheduled to be hosted in New Delhi on April 17, but the above events impacted this planning and today, on April 15, India called off the talks.

The main purpose of the bilateral maritime talk was to discuss issues related to fishermen and search and rescue operations in the seas. For that purpose a delegation led by Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency officials was to visit New Delhi for talks with the Indian Coast Guard. However, as things unfolded India cancelled the talks and this in a way put the Indian and Pakistan authorities on the edge, again.

Evidently, this decision to cancel the talks have direct relation to Pakistan’s stern denying of consular access to India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and the continuous attempt of Pakistan to project that India has a terrorism propaganda.

This is the third strike.

Always troubled, always sensational, the complicated relation that India shares with Pakistan is still primarily based on Pakistan’s attempt to take Kashmir under their control. Apart from that terrorist from the Pakistan side keeps on trying to infiltrate into India. In response that India attacked a terrorist camp in a surgical strike.

In addition to these terrorist threats, India and Pakistan has been involved in multiple ceasefire violations across the Line of Control, in each instance, each blaming the other for initiating the attack.

And finally, before the whole Kulbhushan row, India was putting pressure on Pakistan to hand them over Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah for his alleged involvement in many acts of terrorism on Indian soil. This was declined by Pakistan too.

Now with situations tensed to such an extent, the question that remains is will India and Pakistan come to an agreement over the issues, diplomatically? Will this agreement require a neutral third nation to supervise it? Or will  this strained relationship be dragged farther, as it always have been?

Only time will tell.