UK urges Pakistan, India to resolve conflicts through dialogue

Published: August 28, 2015
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol the fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu January 16, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol the fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu January 16, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

As a new wave of tension gripped the border between Pakistan and India on Friday with at least 11 people being killed, England urged both sides to resolve their conflicts through dialogue.

British foreign secretary Phillip Hammond stressed this during a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in London on Friday, Radio Pakistan reported.

Hammond acknowledged Pakistan’s consistent efforts to establish peace in the region and the efforts of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif towards this end.

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The foreign secretary also expressed hope that dialogue process with Afghanistan will move forward and avoid impediments, assuring his support in this regard.

Both sides agreed that there was no misunderstanding in Pakistan-UK relations neither they will allow it to take place in future.

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Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least 11 people on Friday. On the Pakistani side of the frontier, six civilians were killed and more than 40 were treated for wounds in hospital in the town of Sialkot, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

On the other hand, India’s Border Security Force said three civilians had died and 22 were wounded in firing across the frontier in the northern Jammu region. Both said the other side opened fire first.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Gruham
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:35PM

    It does not matter what the US asks Pakistan to do……they will continue to do what they want to, while very craftily extract all that they want from US…and from China. India will continue to issue statements warning Pakistan of a “befitting” response.Recommend

  • United We stand
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:43PM

    This is the Same U.K that divided India and Pakistan by their infamous “divide and rule policyRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Aug 28, 2015 - 10:35PM

    UK must unearth the body of Redcliff and the then Viceroy of India and whip them as done by Cromwell who are responsible of conflict between India and Pakistan. Now issuing such statements by UK should be ashamed of their policy of divide and rule. There is border conflicts where ever the Britishers had ruled.Recommend

  • Paindu Paki
    Aug 28, 2015 - 10:41PM

    @United We stand:
    Don’t give credit to UK for what Muslim League did.Recommend

  • Trends
    Aug 28, 2015 - 10:49PM

    @United We stand:

    England/UK did not divide India/Pakistan, it was the policy of the Landlords who did not want the Land reforms and wanted to rule, just like the Mughals did.Recommend

  • Gullu
    Aug 29, 2015 - 7:28AM

    In other words we won’t do anything for you. We can only create trouble, not solve it.Recommend

  • United We Stand
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:07AM

    Why don;t you people get it???
    UK/US are burning India and Pakistan and using this fire as warmth for their cold hearts!

    If they DID care sooo much about India and Pakistan, why do they keep selling arms and keep denying student visas to us?
    They give us arms and take the payment no questions asked.
    But when students who have paid or are ready to pay the total fees apply for visas, there are soo many questions and more than 50% of the visas are rejected!
    they don’t want us to prosper, they just want us to burn!
    ET pls pls pls publish this commentRecommend

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