BJP rejects Khar's offer to hold talks to resolve LoC tension

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 08:21 hrs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday rubbished Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar's offer to hold a 'discussion and dialogue' at the foreign ministers level to resolve the crisis on the Line of Control (LoC), saying one has to be guided by the record of Islamabad so far and its activities on the border, including exporting the terror machine to India.

BJP leader Balbir Punj said 'Pakistan is a multi headed hydra and it talks in different languages and there is a total disconnect between what it preaches and what it practices'.

"Hina Rabbani is the pleasant face of India, which talks of peace, but Pakistan as a country continues with its policy of bleeding India through giving 1,000 cuts. And we don't have to go by what Hina Rabbani says," said Punj.

"We have to be guided by the record of Pakistan so far and what it actually does on the borders and on the issue of training terrorists and exporting that terror machine to India," he added.

Khar had earlier on Wednesday evening offered to hold talks with her Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid to resolve the crisis at the LoC.

"Instead of issuing belligerent statements by the military and political leaders from across the border and ratcheting up tension, it is advisable for the two countries to discuss all concerns related to the LoC with a view to reinforcing respect for the ceasefire, may be at the level of the Foreign Ministers, to sort out things," she said in a statement issued late last evening in Islamabad.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister had earlier come under sharp criticism for accusing India of 'warmongering'.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had earlier on Tuesday termed as 'barbaric' the brutal killing of Indian soldiers along the LoC, and said there cannot be business as usual with Islamabad.

"After this barbaric act, there cannot be business as usual with Pakistan. Pakistan must be held accountable for what happened on the LoC. Hope Pakistan will bring the perpetrators of the beheading to justice. The future peace process depends on Pakistan," he said.

Tension between the two Asian neighbours has escalated ever since Lance Naik Hemraj was beheaded in an attack by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control on January 8.

India has lodged a strong protest against the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and made it clear to it that the Army reserves the right to retaliate if provoked.

The army's position was conveyed at a brigadier-level flag meeting between the two sides at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing-point in Poonch sector of the Jammu region earlier on Monday.

Pakistan has denied India's claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district. (ANI)

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