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New Delhi(Indilens web team): Doors for talks between India and Pakistan that opened with silken smoothness at Ufa last week surprising many seemed to be closing down again with Pakistan resorting to unprovoked cross- border firing.
A villager shows parts of mortar shells fired from the Pakistan side at Raipur Sazdian village in Jammu on Thursday PTI
After a brain-storming review meeting between Union home minister Rajnath Singh, defence minister Manohar Parrikar and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday evening, India re-calibrated its approach signalling that it will act tough if Pakistan continues with its misadventures but at the same time seemed to have kept the room open for talks.
Foreign secretary S Jaishankar made it clear that India will retaliate if Pakistani forces continued unprovoked firing cross the Line of Control (LoC) and did not stop infiltration of terrorists.
India is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility in the region but will give a befitting reply to Pakistan if it does not stop unprovoked firing and on the border.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan summoned India’s high commissioner TCA Raghavan to the Foreign Office in Islamabad and lodged strong protest over “air space violation” by the “spy” drone near the LoC and “ceasefire violation”.
Rebutting Pakistan’s charge of India using drone to spy, Jaishankar said, “the drone appears to be of Chinese design and is commercially available. Photograph of the drone in question shows it is not of Indian design or it is available in the inventory of the Indian Armed forces.”
Yet keeping the doors open for talks, Jaishankar reiterated that India is committed to the spirit of Ufa and the various level talks that were decided there.
“Dates of NSA-level talks have not been finalised yet, so the question of it being postponed does not arise,” Jaishankar pointed out on being asked if the recent tension would lead to postponement of talks.
Commenting on Pakistan’s statement that firing on the LoC was initiated by India, Jaishankar said, “NSA inquired why conversations were not initiated by Pakistan if firing was started by the Indian side.”