India, Pak Agree To Reduce Tension

Islamabad: For the first time since the war hysteria, Indian and Pakistan sent a feeler of reducing tension when the NSAs from the two countries had a telephonic conversation on Monday morning.

Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, said Pakistan's NSA Nasser Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval talked to defuse the tension that has gripped the border and the LoC.

"Both the officials stressed the need to establish contact to reduce tensions along the Line of Control," Aziz said, according to The News International.

However, there was no official word from the Indian side about the telephonic talk between the two NSAs.

In Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the leaders of all Pakistani political parties to discuss the ongoing rift with India.

Sharif told the all-party meeting that Pakistan "will leave no stone unturned to highlight" the Kashmir issue at all international forums. "We stand united on matters of national importance, particularly Kashmir."

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, who briefed the leaders, was quoted by state-run Radio Pakistan saying that the government was willing to discuss all issues with India.

"Pakistan wants peace and Kashmir and other bilateral issues should be discussed with India."


Civilians Wounded As India, Pak Trade Fire

SRINGAR: Two civilians were injured after the armies of India and Pakistan on Monday exchanged heavy gunfire and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The firing began in Saujiyan sector at around 1:35 pm today and was going on when the last reports came in.

Two civilians, Uzma Bi, daughter of Muhammad Rafiq and Hafeeza Bi, daughter of Muhammad Akram - both residents of Gali, were injured in the shelling.

The oil reserves of the Border Security Force (BSF) caught fire due to the shelling.

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