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Indian Home Minister Calls on Pakistan to Stop Ceasefire Violations

Sputnik News

15:42 03.01.2015(updated 15:49 03.01.2015)

The sides exchanged fire Friday night, with shelling coming from Pakistan on Indian Border Security Force (BSF) posts in the Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir along the India-Pakistan border. As a result of retaliatory fire, two Pakistani Rangers were killed.

NEW DELHI, January 3 (Sputnik) – Pakistan must put an end to ceasefire violations in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Saturday.

'Pakistan should stop ceasefire violations. It's beyond my understanding, even after we approached Pakistan for having better relations, but instead they are continuously indulging in ceasefire violations,' Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

India wants 'good neighborly relations' with Pakistan, the minister underlined, noting that 'our Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif so as to build better relations with Pakistan.'

The sides exchanged fire Friday night, with shelling coming from Pakistan on Indian Border Security Force (BSF) posts in the Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir along the India-Pakistan border. As a result of retaliatory fire, two Pakistani Rangers were killed.

Following the shootout, Singh instructed border security to respond 'suitably and appropriately' to unprovoked firing from Pakistan.

Though the sides have expressed interest in de-escalating tensions, the number of ceasefire violations has been on the rise since the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into office in May.

The establishment of modern India and Pakistan after British rule in 1947 led to a dispute over the region of Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir area, located in its central and southern regions, is under Indian rule, while Pakistan controls areas in Kashmir's northwest.

A series of conflicts and sporadic violence along the border led to a ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan in 2003, which both countries have repeatedly accused each other of violating.

Sputnik



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