Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

India welcomes positive Pak statements

By The Assam Tribune

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS): India welcomed the "positive statements" coming from Pakistan on talks to defuse their border tension and said the border flare-ups of the past 10 days, including the January 8 brutal killing of two Indian soldiers, would not undermine their peace process.

The statement by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, on Friday, came even as Congress president Sonia Gandhi said India was for close relations with neighbours but the dialogue must be based on "accepted principles of civilized behaviour", while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India must have friendly relations with all but did not elaborate.

A day after Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar offered talks at the foreign ministers level to defuse the stand-off, the country's envoy in New Delhi Salman Bashir condemned the January 8 brutal killing of two Indian soldiers, including the beheading of one, and their two armies should probe the incident.

But Bashir stated that "We are absolutely clear, that at no point in time did Pakistani forces cross the LoC."

In an interview to NDTV news channel, Bashir, taking note of the stern Indian stance, said: "Unfortunately, I must say that it has almost become fashionable, that Pakistan-bashing has become fashionable whenever there is an issue."

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, in an interview to TimesNow news channel, said he could not believe that Pakistani soldiers could have crossed the LoC and killed and beheaded Indian soldiers. "I just can't imagine any soldier doing this. If anyone has done it the strongest punishment should be given to him," Musharraf said.

He termed the beheading of an Indian soldier as a "terrible, wild act" and said anyone found guilty would be court martialled and punished. Musharraf said peace must prevail on the border and the escalation of violence was not in anyone's interest.

India maintains that Pakistani forces killed Naik Hemraj Singh, whose head is still missing, and killed and mutilated Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh - 600 metres inside Indian territory on the LoC that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

More in Entertainment
Next Story
Similar Posts
India welcomes positive Pak statements

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS): India welcomed the "positive statements" coming from Pakistan on talks to defuse their border tension and said the border flare-ups of the past 10 days, including the January 8 brutal killing of two Indian soldiers, would not undermine their peace process.

The statement by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, on Friday, came even as Congress president Sonia Gandhi said India was for close relations with neighbours but the dialogue must be based on "accepted principles of civilized behaviour", while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India must have friendly relations with all but did not elaborate.

A day after Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar offered talks at the foreign ministers level to defuse the stand-off, the country's envoy in New Delhi Salman Bashir condemned the January 8 brutal killing of two Indian soldiers, including the beheading of one, and their two armies should probe the incident.

But Bashir stated that "We are absolutely clear, that at no point in time did Pakistani forces cross the LoC."

In an interview to NDTV news channel, Bashir, taking note of the stern Indian stance, said: "Unfortunately, I must say that it has almost become fashionable, that Pakistan-bashing has become fashionable whenever there is an issue."

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, in an interview to TimesNow news channel, said he could not believe that Pakistani soldiers could have crossed the LoC and killed and beheaded Indian soldiers. "I just can't imagine any soldier doing this. If anyone has done it the strongest punishment should be given to him," Musharraf said.

He termed the beheading of an Indian soldier as a "terrible, wild act" and said anyone found guilty would be court martialled and punished. Musharraf said peace must prevail on the border and the escalation of violence was not in anyone's interest.

India maintains that Pakistani forces killed Naik Hemraj Singh, whose head is still missing, and killed and mutilated Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh - 600 metres inside Indian territory on the LoC that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

More in Entertainment
Similar Posts