India Says It Is Reviewing Ties with Pakistan
India says it is reviewing future ties with archrival Pakistan in the light of the “inhuman killing” of two of its soldiers by Pakistani troops in disputed Kashmir early this month.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says India wants to have friendly ties with Pakistan, but this was not possible without a similar effort by Islamabad.
Singh told a governing Congress party meeting Sunday that the government “will take future steps after a careful review of the situation.” The “inhuman killing” could affect Indo-Pak ties, he said.
“Our future action will be based on carefully thought out strategy,” Singh said at the AICC session in Jaipur. However, along with the tough message to Pakistan – which was greeted with applause from 1,200-odd Congress delegates – Singh also asked Pakistan to reciprocate India’s efforts at friendship.
Picking up from where Singh left, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid emphasised on the need for the atmosphere to improve. “We did hit a low point a few days ago, and I think it is important that we get back to a level of atmospherics that can be described as near normal… and then we can think of moving forward in a meaningful way, he told Karan Thapar on CNN IBN’s Devil’s Advocate program.
Three Pakistani soldiers and two Indian soldiers died in the worst bout of fighting in Kashmir since a cease-fire accord was signed by the countries in 2003. India says one of its soldiers was beheaded, a charge denied by Pakistan. (AP)