Pakistan discusses Kashmir, LoC tension with United States

Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister (SAPM) Syed Tariq Fatemi.

Washington: Pakistan and United States (US) today discussed border situation and regional tension including Kashmir issue between the Indo-Pak which has recently escalated recently.

Pakistan Embassy statement said, The issues were discussed during a meeting between Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister (SAPM) Syed Tariq Fatemi and Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The statement said, “The regional situation including the escalation across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary were discussed during the meeting. The SAPM briefed the Deputy Secretary on the frequency of ceasefire violations by India in recent weeks with particular reference to targeting of civilians across the LoC.”

Fatemi also accused India of “human rights violations” in Kashmir which he claimed had resulted in “hundreds of casualties and debilitating injuries to the civilians including women and children”.

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“While expressing concern on the increasing escalation at the LoC, Deputy Secretary Blinken reiterated the US position on the need for reducing tension in South Asia and promoting closer cooperation and dialogue between the two largest countries of the region,” the statement said.

During the meeting, Fatemi asserted that Pakistan would be forthcoming in cooperating with new Donald Trump administration, in achieving peace in Afghanistan and improving Indo-Pak relationship for the sake of peace in the region, it said.

Fatemi expressed hope that after the completion of ongoing transition process, the two sides would resume their regular engagement on the bilateral track.

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