Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: The United States have suggested India and Pakistan to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tension as they faced-off at the International Court of Justice over the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The suggestion came a day after the first hearing of the case in ICJ.
"We believe India and Paksitan stand to benefit from practical cooperation," a State Department spokesperson said.
When asked about US' interest on the issue of the former Indian Naval officer facing death penalty in Pakistan, the official said, "We encouraged India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tension." Mr. Jadhav, in March last year, and has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. His sentencing ha become the latest flashpoint in the India-Pakistan ties.
Since the, Pakistan have denied an Indian consular access to Mr. Jadhav 16 times, claiming him as an agent of India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
His execution was stayed last week by the ICJ, which yesterday heard arguments presented by both the countries.
India has petitioned the ICJ, urging it immediately suspending Mr Jadhav' death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him before the hearing at ICJ.
India moved to the ICJ against the death penalty on May 8, alleging Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Regulations by repeatedly denying consular access to Mr Jadhav. India, in its appeal made it clear that Mr Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran, where he was doing business after he retired from the Indian Navy.
India have also denied his involvement with the government.