PM Raises LoC Violations Issue With Nawaz Sharif's Brother
By PTI | Published: 12th December 2013 10:40 PM |
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday articulated India's concerns over recent "disturbances" on the Line of Control (LoC) when Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab Province and brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, met him here.
This was stated by Shahbaz Sharif who pressed the need for resolving all problems, including terrorism and Kashmir, through peaceful dialogue, overcoming the "baggage of the past".
Shahbaz Sharif, who is number two in ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), insisted "war is no option" in resolving the problems between the two countries.
Singh "came out with observation on disturbances on the LoC in the recent months," Sharif told a group of reporters, adding "I obviously replied".
He did not elaborate but there have been a series of violations of the ceasefire on LoC by the Pakistani side in the last few months.
Sharif said he conveyed his views on Sir Creek, Siachen, water and Kashmir and emphasised that these issues need to be addressed.
When pointed out that cross-border terrorism remains a stumbling block in improvement of ties, the Pakistani leader said the two countries should cooperate to fight the menace and stamp it out so that there is peace in this part of the world and flow of investments and creation of jobs.
"Pakistan itself is a victim of militancy and terrorism.
We obviously condemn all shades and forms of terrorism. We are facing this in severe form," he said.
"Without defeating this menace, there cannot be progress in this region," he added.