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Updated: August 8, 2013 19:25 IST

Sharif sad over LoC killings, wants to meet Manmohan

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Army soldiers patrol near the LoC in Uri sector. In the wake of recent LoC killing of five jawans, the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that he looked forward to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next month on the sideline of a U.N. annual gathering. File photo
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Army soldiers patrol near the LoC in Uri sector. In the wake of recent LoC killing of five jawans, the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that he looked forward to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next month on the sideline of a U.N. annual gathering. File photo

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday sought to assuage feelings in India by expressing “sadness” over the recent incidents on the LoC and “loss of precious human lives” that sparked tensions between the two countries.

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has come under pressure from the BJP not to hold talks with him in New York next month, Mr. Sharif said he was looking forward to the meeting in which he intends to discuss steps to further build trust and consolidate the bilateral relationship.

Chairing a meeting at the Foreign Office to review tensions in the wake of the killing of five Indian soldiers, he said the two countries should take effective steps to restore the ceasefire along the Line of Control.

However, a statement issued by the Foreign Office made no reference to Tuesday’s incident in which Indian soldiers were killed by “specialist troops” of the Pakistan Army.

“It was imperative for both India and Pakistan to take effective steps to ensure and restore ceasefire on the LoC,” Mr. Sharif said.

He further said it is “incumbent upon the leadership of both sides not to allow the situation to drift and to take steps to improve the atmosphere by engaging constructively with a view to building trust and confidence“.

Relations between the two sides soured this week after the killing of the five Indian soldiers. Indian Defence Minister A K Antony said in parliament today “specialist troops of the Pakistan Army were involved in the attack” and a “group from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir side crossed the LoC and killed” the Indian soldiers.

Pakistan has already denied its troops were involved in the incident. It has also said two of its soldiers were injured in firing across the LoC.

Mr. Sharif was briefed by Foreign Ministry officials on the situation. During the briefing, Mr. Sharif emphasised that “existing military-to-military channels could be more optimally utilised to prevent misunderstanding and not allowing the situation to escalate“.

“Pakistan is prepared to discuss steps with India for further strengthening of existing mechanisms both at the political and military levels,” he was quoted as saying in the statement issued by the Foreign Office.

Mr. Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to “persist in its efforts to improve relations with India through a constructive dialogue on all issues“.

Information Minister Pervez Rashid, Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security, Tariq Fatimi, Special Assistant to the premier on Foreign Affairs, and other senior officials attended the meeting.

The India-Pakistan dialogue process was put on hold after an Indian soldier was beheaded and the mutilated body of another soldier was found following an attack by Pakistani troops along the LoC in January.

After Mr. Sharif became premier for a record third time following his PML-N party’s victory in the May 11 general election, he has repeatedly spoken of his desire to improve relations with India.

It seems as if there is not one but two governments in Pak. One is of course the newly elected Nawaz Sharif government that is allowed to exist so long as it does not interfere with the country's military. The other one being the military leadership of the country that decides on the military matters and is primarily responsible for the intrusions in India and harbouring, facilitating and providing cover to anti India elements. It would go on to explain a lot.

from:  Abhinav Malik
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 00:32 IST

These so called meetings are a mere waste of time and show off to the world. Especially when there are multiple heads of pakistan. And India as usual giving statements that any next such action may have serious consequences then a full stop and the cycle starts again. I don't know who is fooling whom?

from:  Abhishek Singh
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 19:32 IST

Please don't take our self restraint for granted.pass your clear instructions to your army to prevent this frequent ceasefire violation and remind them the consequences of previous wars.

from:  Neeraj Nohwar
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 12:55 IST

What a waste of time talking to Pakistan. Shariff and the Pak army send conflicting messages. What other country would put up with such aggression and killing on the border? Not even South Korea puts up with an aggressive N Korea. About time India flexed its muscles and gave a be-fitting reply to Pakistan.

from:  Vipul
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 15:07 IST

Mr. Sharif,mere shedding "crocodile tears" will not serve any purpose at

Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 12:39 IST

If the meeting between the Indian and Pakistani PMs take place, it would result in nothing but a few beaming and similing photos and a hand shake!

The Indian PM could take a cue from the US President who has dumped his meeting with the Russian President at the G-20 meeting.

from:  MS
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 05:34 IST

I come to know that Pakistan's PM exist for India only when killings at
LOC happen !!!!

from:  raven
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 02:00 IST

The Pakistan Govt talks sweet but it's Army shoots to kill Indians in Indian terrority. How long can the country tolerate this type of behaviour? What prevents the Govt from taking action to stop Pakistan's repeated attacks on Indian territory?

from:  krishna
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 00:57 IST

I wonder as to why both Mr. Singh and Mr. Nawaz are eager to meet each
other. I do not know the situation in Pakistan, but in India there is
no groundswell support to improve the relation with Pakistan after
Mumabai and other re-occurring blatant and brazen carnages instigated
by Pakistan at official level. Congress stands to loose in the next
election cycle if he went with his pet objective to improve ties.
What good is all these meetings when Pakistan is not even trying to be
a better citizen of the World? What is even more disappointing is all
these comes on top of recent attack on Indian mission in Afghanistan
and visit to Pakistan by Mr. Kerry. If I was running congress party,
I would cancel the visit and call off all other future meetings
pending investigation. Frankly, it is not worth it. Even after all
these and if Mr. Singh is a hell a bent on visiting he is doing at his
own peril and that of his party.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 00:06 IST

LoC is creating a new trouble for Indo-Pak relation. So sad sitution.

from:  Zaheermayo
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 23:38 IST

sharif is very diplomatic person among the all pakistani leaders. i agree
that other leaders are in pak, but we know what they can think.but
sharif is sweet poison. we cant forget kargil war,same here he is
showing same diplomat approach .so i fully support bjp protest because
always after silence storm comes.

from:  dhawal pandya
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 23:15 IST

Lets hope wisdom will prevail.

from:  A S Satyanarayana
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 22:44 IST

In Pakistan, government,Military and Terrorist operate independently of
each other. So India should not lodge any complaint to Pakistan
government, but take swift action against each attack on India.

from:  NJ Buch
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 22:17 IST

Nawaz Sharif has been careful not to say ‘regret’ at the killing of
Indian soldiers but ‘sad’ because of deaths on the LoC. There is no
contrition in his words. Good relations do not grow on trees but derive
from good behaviour on both sides. We should refuse all meetings for
talks on any subject at any level. For Pakistan, it is its old routine
– kill and deny. That will have to end. A great deal more needs to
happen before relations can improve.

from:  V. C. Bhutani
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 21:48 IST

indian government should not stall its dialogue process with pakistan
becuase thats what the perpetuators of this dastardly act want.

from:  alind
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 20:58 IST

Is sadness is enough? Will he take any step to find the culprits?

from:  AJAY
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 20:42 IST

it is very ironical to say that life has no value in India. Pakistan has violated several times in 2013. i really don't understand what our government is doing to prevent the situation? every time they kill our soldiers we just weep over the situation and try to consolidate the families of those killed. why our PM is quiet all the time , don't he have any role and responsibility to the families of those sacrificed? why he is mum over the killings?

from:  sameer deb
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 20:00 IST

Having talks with Pakistan, a failed, rogue state is pointless. There are too many power centers and zero cohesion in that country. Obama cancelled his talks with Putin because Russia provided asylum to Snowden. Hope MMS and UPA show some spine and secure our borders from the fanatical Pak army instead of cowing to their pressures.

from:  Deepan
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 19:40 IST

Hope for a good relation in near future as the indian born people rule Pak govt..who will understand the sentiments and emotions of the innocent peoples over the two countries..which may eventually and steadily bring out some positive aspects in the indo pak relationship.. tough it may take time..but who knows it can b a good starting of new relationship...hope for the best!

from:  Chinmoy Neog
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 19:17 IST

he was sad.why-if he condemned his military he will be in JAIL

from:  ponnusamy
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 19:03 IST

Never ever one should even in the remote imagination trust Pakistan under any leadership. 5 of our Bravos were done to death.Their soul will rest in peace only the rogue nation, Pak having has to pay dearly for that heinus crime.

from:  Ravi Nair
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 19:02 IST

I have been hearing this statement from Pak since childhood. During my army tenure I got to know that this statement is an internal joke within Pak military circles.

It is time to now engage in hardhitting economic measures against Pak. Complete shutdown of all diplomatic machinery and asking all Pak citizens to leave the country and recalling our citizens should precede it. War is not the only option.

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 18:52 IST
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