UNITED NATIONS – An Indian journalist faced embarrassment when United Nations (UN) declined to comment on the death sentence to Indian spy Kulbhusha Jadhav awarded by Pakistan on espionage charges.

During a routine briefing, spokesperson of UN Secretary Genearl Stéphane Dujarric responding to a question by an Indian journalist regarding Jadhav said, “We are not in position to state our opinion in this matter.”

Keeping in view rising tension between India and Pakistan, the spokesperson asked both countries to settle the issue through dialogue.

Stephane Dujarric said the world body will continue to underline the need for both sides to hold dialogue to find peaceful solution to their issues.

Earlier, RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav had been awarded death sentence.

“The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence. Today Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM,” the DG ISPR said.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016 through a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the statement added.

‘Jadhav was tried by the FGCM under Section 59 of the PAA and Section 3 of the official Secret Act of 1923’ said ISPR.

Jadhav confessed before a magistrate and court that he was tasked by Indian spy agency Research and Analysis wing to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities seeking to destabilise and wage war against Pakistan by impeding the efforts of law enforcement agencies for the restoration of peace in Balochistan and Karachi, the ISPR said.

The accused had been provided with a defending officer as per legal provisions, the ISPR said.