Pakistan seeks continuation of dialogue with India over Kashmir
Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:47AM
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has recently called for a new beginning with India, saying that it is vital for India and Pakistan to mend their relations and become good friends after the recent jump in violence.Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says the Islamabad government seeks a resumption of dialogue with India to discuss the worsening relations in Kashmir, Press TV reports. In a recent emergency session in Islamabad, Pakistan’s civil and military leadership discussed the relations with India, and decided to use all military and diplomatic channels to prevent ceasefire violations at the border in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Responding provocations by provocations does not serve the interests of peace. However, at the same time, the people of Pakistan, the leadership of Pakistan, the institutions of Pakistan are quite capable of defending their territory and their interests,” said spokesperson for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has recently called for a new beginning with India, saying that it is vital for India and Pakistan to mend their relations and become good friends after the recent jump in violence. The statements come as the situation remains tense in Kashmir. The two sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating a ten-year-old ceasefire. On August 17, Pakistan accused India of firing on border posts in Kashmir and the neighboring Punjab province, killing a civilian with unprovoked firing. Meanwhile, New Delhi accused the Pakistani army of involvement in a deadly overnight ambush in Kashmir that killed five Indian soldiers in early August. Commentators say the flaring up of tensions is related to the current turmoil in Afghanistan, with Islamabad accusing New Delhi of using its diplomatic missions in Kabul for subversive activities in Pakistan. “There is an outflow of allied forces, NATO from Afghanistan, and the deadline is approaching very fast. Since this region is going to see a very important change, that’s why the two countries have their interests. Pakistan has their primary interests. India claims to have its own interests. So, this is an element which, at least, I cannot ignore,” said Shaukat Piracha, a security analyst. The Pakistani premier and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh are due to meet in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947 -- two of them over Kashmir. Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored Line of Control, but is claimed in full by both countries. It lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. GMA/HSN