Amid another face-off between nuclear-armed rivals after India conducted surgical strikes, Pakistan has agreed to reduce tension on border.
Foreign Affairs Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz has said that India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua have made contact after surgical strike and agreed to attempt defusing tension on the Line of Control (LOC), Pakistan’s Geo TV reported.
The news outlet reported that both the NSAs spoke about the fraught state of India-Pakistan relations in recent weeks.
However, Aziz 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.
Aziz stressed that Pakistan wants to focus on Kashmir.
He also said that Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s has told world leaders quite clearly that till the issue of Kashmir was not resolved, tensions across the border would remain.
Aziz’s statement comes following the announcement made by Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh of India carrying out ‘surgical strikes’ on September 29 on terror launch pads across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists. Reportedly, the strikes have killed 35-40 terrorists which many called revenge of the Uri attacks.
Though Pakistan has denied the claim of surgical strike, the incident has escalated the tension between the two countries with speculation of full-blown war on rife.