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The US today urged India and Pakistan to enagage in direct dialogue to reduce tension as they faced-off at the International Court of Justice over the the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.
When asked about the US' stand on the case of Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer who is facing the death poenalty in Pakistan, the official said, "We encourage India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tension."
Jadhav, arrested in March last year, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. His sentencing has become the latest flashpoint in the India-Pakistan ties.
His execution was stayed last week by the ICJ, which today hear arguments presented by both the sides.
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