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India disturbing LoC, border situation, says Pakistan

THE ASIAN AGE. | SHAFQAT ALI
Published : Aug 7, 2017, 1:05 am IST
Updated : Aug 7, 2017, 3:04 am IST

Pakistan would not compromise over the issue of Kashmir, says Khawaja Asif.

Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif
 Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif

Islamabad: Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday alleged that India was disturbing the situation at the western border, besides at Line of Control (LoC).

Speaking to reporters in Sialkot, Mr Asif said that Pakistani government wanted to normalise ties with India but the neighbouring government was not taking any step towards it. “Indian troops are violating ceasefire at LoC and the government is also pushing for disturbance at the western end,” he said.

The foreign minister said ties between Pakistan and India could improve with “one-sided efforts” of Pakistan. “Pakistan is fighting terrorism for many decades and the armed forces are to be accredited for the successful curbing of violence and terror attacks across the country,” he added.

He alleged that the “atrocities” in Kashmir continued to take place, adding that Pakistan would not compromise over the issue of Kashmir. Mr Asif said peace in India and Pakistan was linked to Kashmir and without resolving the issue durable peace could not be achieved. He said that the foreign policy was in line with the wishes of Pakistanis and the country’s interests. The minister said that efforts were underway to bring relations with India back on track but Pakistan was not getting a positive answer. Mr Khawaja Asif was named the new foreign minister last week.

Tags: khawaja asif, line of control, pakistani government
Location: Pakistan, Islamabad