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No timeline set for normalising India-Pakistan ties

Publication Date : 24-01-2013


Indian Defence Minister A K Antony yesterday said it was “too early” to talk about normalising relations with Pakistan but added that in the wake of talks between the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the two countries, “tension” along the Line of Control (LoC) had “reduced”.

Earlier this month, tensions had spiked between the two countries following the killing of two Indian soldiers, with one of them being beheaded, in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district allegedly by the Pakistan Army though the latter denied it.

Talking to reporters at the NCC Republic Day camp here, Antony said infiltration attempts are going on even in extreme winter and wondered that "if this is the case now, what will be the position (of infiltration) in summer?”

“After the latest round of talks between the two DGMOs, the tension in the LoC has reduced but I cannot say or set a timeline for normalising the atmosphere there. It depends on so many factors...We have to cross our fingers. After the tragic and inhuman incident, even though Pakistan has assured us certain things, we have to see how this assurance translates into action,” Antony said.

Ahead of Army Day on January 15, Army Chief Gen. Bikram Singh said to the Pakistan Army his force reserved the right to retaliate at the time and point of its choosing.


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