India dubs border clashes extremely serious

NEW DELHI – India’s Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday that clashes on the Working Boundary and some parts of Line of Control in the disputed state of Jammu Kashmir were ‘extremely serious’ and ‘provocative’ and not conducive to improving relations between the two neighbours.

The comments came nearly two weeks after India called off top level diplomatic talks, protesting against Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s meetings with Kashmiri leaders from the Indian-held Kashmir.

“The incursions taking place at the border both at the LoC and at the international border are extremely serious and provocative,” Jaitley said. “These are creating an environment which is not being conducive to the relationship of the two countries,” the Indian minister said.

On Wednesday, Pakistan also said that peace talks with India cannot take place without addressing the long-standing dispute of Jammu Kashmir. Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Indian attempts to sideline the Jammu Kashmir issue was unrealistic.



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