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‘India, Pakistan Should Talk to Reduce LoC Tension’

ISLAMABAD: Dineshwar Sharma, an interlocutor appointed by India has said that Pakistan and India should hold talks to end tensions along the Line of Control (LoC).

“The current hostility at the border is a serious problem. I am not going to speak to Pakistan,” Sharma said in an interview in Srinagar. “It is the government of the day that has to do the talking.”

Sharma said he has been visiting Kashmir to hold “peace talks” with the stakeholders, but peace seems far away until both Pakistan and India are on the same page.

“I am talking to Kashmiris [but] the government [of India] will have to talk to Pakistan,” he demanded.

India has continuously been targeting civilians across the border.

In the past week, a number of civilians were killed along the LoC in unprovoked firing by Indian forces.

On February 15, the Indian forces on LoC targeted a school van claiming the life of its driver in Battal sector, Inter-Services Public Relations said.

A few days later, an eight-year-old boy was killed in Jajot village in a similar incident, this time in Jajot village along the LoC.

According to ISPR, the Pakistan Army retaliated by attacking an Indian check post claiming lives of two Indian soldiers.

More incidents took place later along the LoC, following which the Pakistani authorities summoned the Indian high commissioner to record their protest.

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