NEW YORK: Foreign Minsiter Hina Rabbani Khar disappointed with rhetoric following a series of ceasefire violations and death of soldiers on both sides of the Line of Control, called for a foreign minister level meeting to “sort out things.”
“Instead of issuing belligerent statements by the military and political leaders from across the border and ratcheting up tension, it is advisable for the two countries to discuss all concerns related to Line of Control (LoC) with a view to reinforcing respect for the ceasefire, may be at the level of the Foreign Ministers to sort out things,” she said in a statement released on Wednesday.
“Pakistan and India are both important countries of South Asia. It is imperative that they demonstrate requisite responsibility for ensuring peace by addressing all concerns through dialogue.”
Khar said that rhetoric and ratcheting up of tensions is counter-productive.
“We are saddened and disappointed at the continued negative statements emanating from India both from the media as well as certain Indian leaders.”
The foreign minister said that Pakistan has observed a measured and deliberate self-restraint, especially in public statements on India. “This has been done keeping in view the interest of peace in the region.”
“We have invested hugely in the dialogue process and have worked energetically to keep the dialogue process moving forward in a sustained and constructive manner,” she said, adding that “Pakistan has gone out of the way to build constructive relationship with India.”
“Continued tension along the LoC is not in the interest of peace and stability in the region.”
Tensions have flared in the past week after three Pakistani soldiers and two Indian soldiers were killed after India started construction of posts near the LoC, in violation of the ceasefire. Things have not cooled despite a brigadier level meeting between troops on both sides on Sunday. But statements from the Indian army chief and another Pakistani soldier was killed in cross border firings on Tuesday night.
However, militaries on both sides came out on Wednesday with a public desire to de-escalate tensions.
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