US calls for Pakistan, India to maintain peace in wake of LoC tensions

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 11:21 hrs

Following the escalation in tensions between Pakistan and India over a few border incidents, the Pentagon has voiced hope that both countries would be able to maintain peace.

The Pentagon made this statement after Islamabad lodged a protest with New Delhi over Sunday's unprovoked attack on its military post in Haji Pir sector, which resulted in loss of a Pakistani soldier, reports The Express Tribune.

Islamabad also rejected New Delhi's allegation that two Indian soldiers had been killed the a day later in an alleged Pakistani attack, terming it propaganda to cover up for the Indian attack against Pakistani soldiers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland insisted violence is not the answer for either country. She said the US has been counseling both governments to de-escalate, to work through this issue, to continue the consultations between them at a high level.

Earlier this week, the State Department had also expressed concern over cross-LoC violence following Islamabad's protest over the Indian raid, and called for an end to exchange of fire.

The two countries have largely observed ceasefire along the LoC in the last ten years and have also taken steps to normalise relations. Kashmir, one of the oldest UN-recognised unresolved disputes, however, remains the underlying cause of tensions between the two South Asian nuclear powers. (ANI)

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