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India, Pakistan NSAs agree to reduce tension

  • Published at 04:15 pm October 3rd, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:39 pm October 3rd, 2016
India, Pakistan NSAs agree to reduce tension
After close to three weeks of escalating bilateral tension, the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan have spoken over the phone and agreed to reduce tensions on the Line of Control (LoC), Times of India reported quoting Pakistan's Geo TV report. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed that Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua spoke about the fraught state of India-Pakistan relations in recent weeks. "Both officials stressed on the need to establish contact to reduce tensions along the Line of Control," said Sartaj Aziz, according to The News International, which reported that Doval and Janjua spoke Monday. Aziz also said that while Pakistan wants to reduce tensions on the LoC, India wants to do the opposite, to take attention away from the unrest in Kashmir. "Pakistan wants to reduce tensions on LoC and focus on Kashmir", Aziz said. He added that Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's has told world leaders - during his recent visit to the US - that incidents of border tensions will continue between the two countries. "The Prime Minister had indicated quite clearly that till the issue of Kashmir was not resolved, tensions across the border would remain," said Aziz. On Sunday night, at least two terrorists and a soldier were killed, and one soldier was injured, when terrorists fired at and lobbed grenades on two military camps in Baramulla in northern Kashmir, four days after India conducted surgical strikes on terror camps across the LoC. The heavily-armed terrorists attacked the two camps, belonging to the Rashtriya Rifles and the Border Security Force (BSF) late last night, leading to a fierce gun-battle with security forces. Last Thursday's surgical strikes by India on terror camps in Pakistan wiped out at least 38 terrorists. The strikes were in retaliation against Pakistan's brazen terror attack on a Brigade headquarters in Uri on September 18. Nineteen soldiers were martyred in that attack. However, Pakistan has denied any involvement in the Uri attack. It has also denied India carried out any surgical strikes.