Indian-controlled Kashmir leader calls for peace between India and Pakistan

Indian-controlled Kashmir leader calls for peace between India and Pakistan
# 23 August 2013 23:21 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Indian- controlled Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Friday that violation of ceasefire on the line-of-control (LoC) was inimical to confidence building between India and Pakistan and called for restoring calm, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"When both India and Pakistan are recognizing the fact that friends can be changed but not neighbors then there is need to create necessary thaw in their relations and live as good neighbors,"Abdullah said.

Addullah was addressing people in village Mandi of frontier Poonch district, southwest of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Poonch has been witnessing skirmishes on daily basis between armies of India and Pakistan for the past two weeks.

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.

India and Pakistan accused each other of resorting to unprovoked firing that resulted in civilian or troop casualties on both sides.

The killings and skirmishes on LoC have come at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad try to normalize ties and resume the talks.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe a ceasefire along the international border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect.

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