Pakistani PM convenes meeting to discuss tension with India

Islamabad, Aug 8 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif summoned an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the fast growing tension with India over the exchange of fire along the Line of Control (LoC), state television reported.

Fresh from a private visit to Saudi Arabia Thursday, Sharif called the meeting to discuss "the situation arising out of recent tension at the LoC". The meeting will also discuss foreign policy and external challenges faced by the country, reported Xinhua.

Five Indian soldiers were killed on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector Tuesday.

Pakistani military said Indian troops fired on a post Wednesday and critically injured two soldiers.

Tensions between Pakistan and India escalated at a time when Sharif's new government started efforts to revive the stalled dialogue with India.

Sharif is slated to meet his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month.

Top military commanders of Pakistan and India Wednesday spoke on hotline to reduce tensions.


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