Exploring Options to Stop LoC Violations: Hina

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Monday that Islamabad wanted to continue the peace process with India.

Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, the foreign minister added that instead of increasing tension, options to stop violations along the Line of Control (LoC) were being explored.

“We have shown our commitment not to escalate any situation like this between India and Pakistan. We are committed to normalising relations.”

Khar added that Pakistan could not adopt the irresponsible behaviour shown by the Indian Army Chief and other representatives regarding the LoC violations. According to Khar no benefit had come from hurling accusations in the past.

The foreign minister informed the National Assembly session that the option to conduct an investigation into LoC violations by a third party had already been presented.  Khar further said that one Pakistani soldier was martyred during Indian violation along the LoC on January 6 and the Indian High Commissioner had been summoned to lodge a protest.

She said Kashmir issue remained under discussion with India at every level. She said Pakistan will continue its moral‚ political and diplomatic support to the just cause of Kashmiri people. She was responding to points raised by leader of the opposition Ch. Nisar Ali Khan in the National Assembly this evening on the issue.

The Foreign Minister said Indian Prime Minister‚ Foreign Minister and Army Chief issued harsh statement but Pakistan did not resort to a course that would have led to more escalation of tension on the LoC.

She said Pakistan as a responsible country resorted to available mechanisms to put across its point of view including meetings of DG MOs‚ summoning of Indian High Commissioner to lodge protest and offering inquiry into LoC incidents by UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan. She said India was told that these incidents were contrary to the peace process being pursued by the two countries.

Hina Rabbani Khar assured the House that the government was not oblivious to the challenges emanating from the eastern borders. Agencies

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