Agencies, New Delhi: The national security advisers of India and Pakistan have held discussions to reduce
tensions along the Line of Control — the de-facto border between the two countries, said Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to prime minister on foreign affairs.
Ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours nosedived after the September 18 attack on an army base in northern Kashmir’s Uri that killed 19 Indian soldiers.
Three days after the strike, India said it had carried out a “surgical strike” across the LoC and destroyed “terrorist launching pads” used by the militants with support from Pakistan.
Aziz told Geo.tv that Pakistan wants to “reduce tensions on LoC”, and added Pakistani NSA Nasser Janjua and his India’s Ajit Doval have stressed the need to establish contact.
Aziz, however, alleged that India was escalating tensions with Pakistan “to deflect the attention of the world from Kashmir issue”.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had indicated quite clearly that till the issue of Kashmir was not resolved, tensions across the border would remain,” he said.
In his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last month, Sharif called for an independent inquiry and a UN fact-finding mission into “rights violations” in Kashmir and hit out at India over the unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
India and Pakistan have been at odds over Kashmir ever since independence nearly 70 years ago, fighting two of their three wars over the territory.