Pakistani Leader Vows ‘Restraint and Responsibility’ on Border Clashes

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Aug. 14, 2013, 8:02 a.m.

On Wed­nes­day, Pakistani Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif prom­ised “re­straint and re­spons­ib­il­ity” in his re­sponse to the es­cal­at­ing clashes with In­di­an forces in the dis­puted re­gion of Kash­mir, Agence France-Presse re­por­ted.

An “un­pro­voked In­di­an shelling” in­to Pakistani-con­trolled Kash­mir res­ul­ted in the death of one ci­vil­ian and the in­jury of his daugh­ter, Pakistani mil­it­ary of­fi­cials said.

In a joint news con­fer­ence with vis­it­ing U.N. Sec­ret­ary-Gen­er­al Ban Ki-moon, Sharif told re­port­ers that “Pakistan will con­tin­ue to re­spond to the situ­ation with re­straint and re­spons­ib­il­ity in the hope that steps will be taken by In­dia to re­duce ten­sions,” ac­cord­ing to AFP.

He went on to say that “we have to de­fuse ten­sion and de-es­cal­ate the situ­ation. Our ob­ject­ive is peace. For that, what we need is more dip­lomacy.”

On Tues­day, In­dia’s For­eign Min­istry spokes­man, Syed Ak­barud­din, hin­ted that the re­newed vi­ol­ence in the dis­puted ter­rit­ory would harm re­la­tions between the two nuc­le­ar-armed South Asi­an coun­tries, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­por­ted.

He also re­peated In­dia’s de­mand that Pakistan as­sert con­trol over anti-In­di­an mil­it­ant groups, charge those re­spons­ible for con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing the 2008 Mum­bai at­tacks, and pre­vent ter­rit­ory un­der Pakistani con­trol from be­ing used to launch at­tacks against In­dia, AP re­por­ted.

Both sides have ac­cused the oth­er of vi­ol­at­ing a 2003 cease­fire in re­cent days.

“Our side re­spon­ded to the un­pro­voked fir­ing from the Pakistani side with small arms. In­ter­mit­tent fir­ing went on for the whole night till Monday morn­ing (loc­al time),” In­di­an army spokes­per­son Rajesh Kalia was quoted as say­ing on Tues­day in a sep­ar­ate AFP re­port.

Pakistan’s For­eign Min­istry said it had “summoned the In­di­an deputy high com­mis­sion­er” in or­der to voice con­sterna­tion over an al­leged In­di­an vi­ol­a­tion of the 2003 cease­fire, “which has res­ul­ted in the loss of an in­no­cent ci­vil­ian life in Rawalakot,” ac­cord­ing to the wire ser­vice. 

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