Agencies, New Delhi
A day after accusing India of “war mongering”, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has suggested Foreign Ministers level talks to ease the tension at LoC.
However, there was no immediate reaction from the External Affairs Ministry.
“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,” Ms Khar said in a statement, a copy of which was issued to the media here today by the Pakistan High Commission.
For its part, she said, Pakistan had observed a measured and deliberate self-restraint in its public statements on India, and that had been done keeping in view the interest of peace in the region.
Ms Khar said Pakistan and India were both important countries of South Asia, and it was imperative that they demonstrated requisite responsibility for ensuring peace by addressing all concerns through dialogue.
She said Pakistan had invested heavily in the dialogue process and had worked energetically to keep the dialogue process moving forward in a sustained and constructive manner. “Pakistan has gone out of the way to build constructive relationship with India,” she said.
“Continued tension along the LoC is not in the interest of peace and stability in the region,” Ms Khar added.
Tension had built up between the two countries in the wake of the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan troops in a ceasfire violation at LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch on January 8.
Since then, several more ceasefire violations by Pakistan have been reported.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had on Tuesday warned Pakistan that if such actions continued it would not be business “as usual” with the country.