Pakistan asks Western diplomats, UN group to ease India border tension

January 12, 2013 3:05 am 

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 12 –Pakistan Friday conveyed its concern to the Western diplomats and the UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan over 'repeated border violation by Indian army', urging them to play their role in defusing the tension, the country's top diplomat said.

Pakistan said that Indian troops have killed two of its soldiers in five days along the of Line of Control (LoC), which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

On its part, India also said Pakistani troops killed two of its troops and that Pakistani forces had crossed into its part of Kashmir on Tuesday.

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani at a news briefing after discussions with European diplomats in Islamabad said that members of the diplomatic community have expressed concern over rising tension and wanted peaceful relations between Pakistan and India.

He expressed the hope that they would play positive role in de- escalating the current state of violations on the LoC.

The Foreign Secretary said Pakistani defence authorities have already briefed the UN Military Observers Group about these violations. He said Pakistan has already offered UN probe as the Group is the only neutral mechanism available to both countries to come out with truth.

Replying to a question whether Pakistan would take up the issue at the UN Security Council, the Foreign Secretary said all options are open.

The Foreign Secretary said repeated violations of LoC by Indian troops and killing of Pakistani troops is very unfortunate particularly because the two countries invested very heavily in recent months in building up peace and stability not only between them but in the region.

He said Pakistan wants to have friendly and cooperative relations with all neighbours including India. "We expect the Indian Government to ensure that the sanctity of the LoC is maintained at all costs." (PNA/Xinhua)

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