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


"These recent (LoC) incidents have been extremely unfortunate... I hope this will pass," she said.

Repeating her remarks which she made a day earlier at an event at the Asia Society, Khar said Pakistan had investigated but found no evidence that an Indian soldier Lance-Naik Hemraj had been beheaded by Pakistani troops.

While denying that Pakistani troops had killed two Indian soldiers, Khar said there was "another murdering" of one of its people across the LoC on January 10.

Khar said before the tensions at the LoC, the two nations had moved forward towards normalising ties to quite an extent, improving atmospherics and continuing with the peace process.

"I hope for the future also we will continue to do rather well," she said, adding by normalising trade relations with India, Pakistan had wanted to send a "very serious message" that "we mean business, we walk the talk of normalisation."

Trade ties between the nations would build "stakeholders in each others future" and because of bilateral investments people would have been "very unhappy on incidents like the one we just saw, any talk of hostile behaviour of any type."

Khar again pointed fingers at India over the reactions being made by its leadership on the LoC crisis while praising Pakistan's response, which she described as "mature".

"I am rather disappointed by that. You see a lot of very hostile negative statements which have come out... The only thing I am concerned about when we allow this to become domestic politics issue," she added.

Khar said there are naysayers on both sides of the border who do not want the peace process to continue.

"So they will always encourage you to go hard on the rhetoric and just ratchet up the tension. Some people find it in their interest, we do not. We must not fall prey to that.

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