India has said it is not aware of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's whereabouts as it has not been able to contact him even once since his arrest in March 2016. "We refer you to the governments of India and Pakistan for further information", a State Department spokesperson said.
The meeting came two days after the army chief approved the execution of Jadhav following a military court's death sentence for "espionage and sabotage activities", evoking a sharp reaction from India.
The official further said, "There is a national sentiment attached to Jadhav in India".
"Overall, in terms of relations between India and Pakistan, we continue to underline the need for the parties to find a peaceful solution and to engage through dialogue", Dujarric said.
On Tuesday, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reiterated that if Jadhav was hanged, it would amount to premeditated murder. "They agreed not to come under any pressure" on the issue of Jadhav, the channel said, without giving the details.
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Swaraj said the charges of spying levelled against Jadhav are "concocted" and "there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by him".
In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, while expressing outrage over the development, said the Indian government should provide Jadhav the best of the lawyers to ensure that the truth prevails.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh claimed Jadhav, who was engaged in a business in Iran, was abducted by Pakistani security forces a year ago and branded a spy. "Leadership is seized of the matter and we have said we will do all that is possible", he said.
As a response, India has put on hold to the release of several Pakistani prisoners, scheduled for Wednesday.
And in an obvious reference to Indian warnings of consequences if Jadhav was hanged, he added: "We will defend our country at all costs".