Peace process with Pakistan will not be undermined by LoC incidents: Khurshid

Jaipur, Jan 18 (ANI): Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said on Friday that peace process with Pakistan is not going to be undermined by recent incident of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Khurshid said this on Friday on the sidelines of the brainstorming meet in Jaipur city of India's northwestern Rajasthan state.

"Peace process is something in which we have invested a lot of time and a lot emotionally and it was done because it is strategically and tactically important for India's role in the world and therefore, its importance is not going to be undermined by incidents that happened from time to time much as we grieved and much as we are hurt with those incidents.

"But we hope that we will find resolution to all these matters and that's the reason why we have treated the whole issue with the greatest care and the closest attention possible," said Khurshid.

Pakistan had urged India on Thursday to tone down the "Pakistan bashing" over a spate of military clashes in Kashmir between the nuclear-armed neighbours, and again offered foreign minister-level talks to try to cool tensions.

Three Pakistani and two Indian soldiers have been killed this month in the worst outbreak of tit-for-tat violence in Kashmir since India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along a de facto border there nearly a decade ago.

Pakistani High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir said India could have worked with Pakistan to get to the bottom of what happened instead of "stirring raw emotions and upping the rhetoric", adding that "Pakistan bashing has become fashionable" in India.

Khurshid welcomed Bashir's suggestion and said that it would get an appropriate response from India.

"There is a positive content in some of the statements that have come both from the foreign minister and the High Commissioner. The positive content in it is welcomed and I think it should be getting an appropriate response from our side," he added.

Khurshid also said that they were trying to ensure that the situation does not deteriorate. (ANI)


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