UN indicates it will not weigh in on Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence

A spokesperson for the UN secretary-general said the world body is not in a position to judge the process followed by Pakistan to hand Kulbhushan Jadhav a death sentence.

The United Nations will likely won't weigh in on the issue of a Pakistani military court handing Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav a death sentence, a spokesperson for the world body indicated on Wednesday.

"We are not in a position to judge the process to have a position on this particular case," news agency IANS d Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as telling reporters.

Dujarric was responding to a question on the recent diplomatic flare up between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence.

Pakistan accused the former Indian Navy officer of espionage, labeling him an agent of India's premier external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing.

India has strongly denied that charge and has told Pakistan that if the Jadhav's death sentence is carried out, it would be considered as "premeditated murder."

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, as well as several Opposition politicians, have questioned the secretive process followed by Pakistan to sentence Jadhav to death.

New Delhi in a demarche sent to Islamabad criticised Pakistan for not providing Jadhav consular access and slammed the military court proceedings, calling them "farcical".

Pakistan maintains that due process was followed with Islamabad's envoy to New Delhi telling India Today just today that there is enough evidence against Jadhav.

In his comments on Wednesday, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric added, "Overall in terms of relations between India and Pakistan, we underline, continue to underline the need for the parties to find a peaceful solution and to engage through engagement and dialogue."

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