'War-mongering' Hina Rabbani Khar offers talks with Salman Khurshid to defuse LoC tension

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Earlier, the Directors General of Military Operations of the two sides spoke on a hotline and 'agreed on the need to reduce tension on the LoC", a Pakistani military statement said in Islamabad.

Khar said Pakistan and India were important countries of South Asia and it was "imperative that they demonstrate requisite responsibility for ensuring peace by addressing all concerns through dialogue".

Pakistan, Khar said, was "saddened and disappointed at the continued negative statements emanating from India both from the media as well as certain Indian leaders".

Islamabad had observed a "measured and deliberate self-restraint" in its public statements on India and this was been done in view of the interest of peace in the region, she said.

"We have invested hugely in the dialogue process and have worked energetically to keep the dialogue process moving forward in a sustained and constructive manner. Pakistan has gone out of the way to build a constructive relationship with India," she said.

India and Pakistan resumed their dialogue process in early 2011 after a gap of over two years in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, which were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group.

The string of clashes along the LoC since January 6 marked the most serious violations of the ceasefire put in place in late 2003. The two sides have traded angry charges over the violations. The High Commissioners of both countries were summoned by the foreign ministries for lodging protests.

"Continued tension along the LoC is not in the interest of peace and stability in the region," Khar said.

Responding to a question at CFR on India-Pakistan ties, Khar said as important countries within South Asia, both nations must show "very responsible behaviour and must show their complete commitment to pursuing normalisation of relations and peaceful co-existence for heaven's sake.

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