LoC killings: Pakistan accuses India of warmongering

Hina Rabbani Khar says that India is warmongering over clashes in disputed Kashmir which left two Indian jawans dead.

NEW YORK: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said her country was committed to peace and was trying to get back relations with India to a normalcy.

But the minister went on to say in that India is warmongering over clashes in disputed Kashmir which left two Indian jawans dead.

Speaking at the Asia Society in New York, Khar said it is deeply disturbing to hear statements, which are upping the ante coming from Indian politicians, and added that warmongering coming from the Indian border was detrimental to the peace process between the two countries.

NDTV quoted Khar saying: 'It is deeply disturbing to hear statements that are upping the ante, where one politician is competing with the other to give a more hostile statement.'

She also accused India of blowing the entire episode out of proportion.

Khar further said that the dialogue process should be uninterrupted.

Saying that the doors to dialogue with India are open, Khar was quoted by NDTV saying: 'We need to meet at any level, I think we need to call each other, we need to become mature countries, which know how to handle their issues.'

Yesterday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said there could be no "business as usual" with Pakistan after a clash last week along the line dividing the arch-rivals in Kashmir in which two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated.

Singh has been pushing for a rapprochement with Pakistan, despite opposition not only from the main rival political party but also from within his ruling coalition.

Yet Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said ties could not remain unaffected by the flare-up on the border.

"Such actions by the Pakistan army which are in contravention of all norms of international conduct not only constitute a grave provocation but lead us to draw appropriate conclusions about Pakistan's seriousness in pursuing normalisation of relations with India," he added.

The decapitation of one of the Indian soldiers provoked outrage in the country and demands of retribution including from his family which wanted the severed head of the soldier back.

Pakistan has dismissed the Indian allegations as propaganda and instead accused India of violating the ceasefire in Kashmir, which has been the cause of two of three wars between the two neighbours.