LoC violations: US concerned over border clashes, urges dialogue

At least 12 people have been killed from Indian firing along the LoC and Working Boundary over the past two weeks

Web Desk/APP October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON: Voicing concerns over escalation in violence along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region, a top American envoy said the United States had raised the issue with both Pakistan and India, asking them to resolve the tensions through dialogue.          

"We are extremely concerned by reports of violence over the last two weeks along the LoC and the working boundary," US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman told a Washington think tank.

"I've personally raised these concerns with each side, and urged them to engage in dialogue to reduce tensions and end the violence," he said in a speech to the Atlantic Council.

Feldman noted "there is no relationship more critical to Pakistan's future than its relationship with its neighbor."

"And I am convinced that India's rise in prosperity and global leadership cannot be fully realised until it has a better relationship with Pakistan," he added.

Pakistan on Thursday demanded an immediate end to “unprovoked” firing and shelling by Indian forces.

At least 12 people have been killed and 64 others injured in Indian firing along the LoC and Working Boundary over the past two weeks. Unprovoked Indian firing has triggered an exodus of people from the villages near the border.

Clashes occur regularly along the LoC as well as the Working Boundary. However, the latest shelling which began over a week ago, has been unusual in its intensity and frequency.


Gp65 | 8 years ago | Reply

@rigel: Yes. The general tied to be sarcastic that US asked for some certifications before releasing CSF and Dan Feldman made it very clear that if US gave money, it would certainly have to provide reassurances to its Congress.

Anyway, this man is Af-Pak envoy attending a IS Pak session and in specific response to a question by Jillani. This is not State Department making a general comment. Plus he too said Pakistan should talk to India. Never indicated that US should intervene. India stood its ground in 1971 when it was much poorer. More recent when Obama wanted to designate Hsllbrooke as Kashmir envoy, India refused and he ended up being designated Af-Pak envoy.

Sun Tzu | 8 years ago | Reply

saw the Q&A session with Dan Feldman -- it was all about Pakistan begging for money, removal or audit conditions for money and more freedom to use some more begging money.... It;s pathetic.....Who is this Dan? - he's just the Af-Pak envoy! Nothing less than Obama calling Modi personally will have any effect for India.

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