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Khar says India up to 'warmongering'

- January 16, 2013 - Updated 745 PKT - From Web Edition

NEW YORK: India is "warmongering" over deadly clashes in the disputed Kashmir region, Pakistan's foreign minister said Tuesday while calling for talks to end the new hostilities.


Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar spoke out after Pakistan reported another of its troops had been killed in Kashmir while India's prime minister has warned there can be no "business as usual" between the neighbors.


"We see warmongering," Khar said at the Asia Society in New York where she hit out a statements by Indian politicians over the new tensions.


"It is deeply disturbing to hear statements which are upping the ante, where one politician is competing with the other to give a more hostile statement," Khar added.


India says two of its soldiers have been killed in Kashmir, one beheaded, since January 6. Pakistan says five of its troops have been killed in that time, the latest on Tuesday.


"The doors to dialogue are open," Khar said. "We need to meet at any level, I think we need to call each other, we need to become mature countries which know how to handle their truth."


The minister again denied Indian accusations that Pakistani forces had beheaded one of two soldiers that India says were killed in Kashmir on January 8. She said an inquiry had found "no evidence" of the deaths.


India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier called the beheading of an Indian soldier "unacceptable" and added there could be no "business as usual" with Pakistan.


"As I read statements coming in from the highest levels of government (in India) I can just say that we are deeply disappointed and I can say on behalf of my government that we feel that the dialogue process should be uninterrupted and uninterruptable," Khar said.


She added that there was "warmongering coming in from the other side of the border which is I thought the thing of yesteryears and thing that we had put behind us."


The Pakistan government "has invested deeply in the last four years to building a peaceful relationship with India," the foreign minister added.


"I represent a government which has taken political risks to reach out to the Indians and to give them a clear message when we say we mean business when we say we want a different type of relationship," Khar said.


"What you see in India is currently not living up to that and I hope that we will both show a deep abiding commitment to a normalized peace process, to a normalization of relations," Khar said.


Reader Comments
India yet again the the guilty and nonsense which refuses to involve a UN investigation. I wonder who the criminal is (that is afraid to expose the truth). India still cannot accept Pakistan's existence. We will continue to grow.

United Kingdom
2 ke badle me 5 mare hain. abhi 15 aur marne hain.

Pakistan should be taught a lesson.They cant handle their own traitors in their own country.India is trying their best not to get into clash with pakistan which we country as our younger brother who is been stupid . So far India is trying to forgive its younger brother pakistan.

Jai Hind
Indians will take action where necessary. You just wait and watch their cariberated response. They don't just hiss and rattle, they bite and deliver venom where it hurts the most. Remember the cut backs in US AID after Mumbai attacks ? Expect more this time round. You are exposed and will be dealt with. You terror tactics have back fired and you are yoursef to blame.

Indian gov't, forces, media, public, always all on one page, making false accusations against Pakistan. Pakistanis on the other hand are always divided because of the traitors you have amongst you. Wake up! Truthfully, A non-Pakistani

Sarah Miller
The NEWS, your initiative of AMMAN KI ASHA is a noble try but unfortunately hAWKS in INDIA are prevailing on DOVES. Return of our players, threats of war and banning our actors our some of the acts which may delay your drive. Ultimately, we have to go for Kashmir resolution, how much may we hide our faces from the fact but now it is evident that after years of efforts of normalization a small incident retrograde whole progress.

Indians will hiss and rattle and make a lot of noise and posturing. But little else. We shouldn't take them seriously. They will cool down eventually.

there is no CCTV cameras ON LOC area, at least what happened. instead of blaming each other.

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