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US urges India, Pak to engage in direct dialogue

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US today urged and to enagage in direct dialogue to reduce tension as they faced-off at the International of Justice over the the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

"We believe and stand to benefit from practical cooperation," a State Department spokesperson told PTI.

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 and to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tension."

Jadhav, arrested in March last year, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military on charges of espionage and subversive activities. His sentencing has become the latest flashpoint in the ties.

Pakistan has denied India consular access to Jadhav 16 times, claiming he was an agent of India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

His execution was stayed last week by the ICJ, which today hear arguments presented by both the sides.

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 22:48 IST