New Delhi, Jan. 17 (ANI): In wake of Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s call for talks with her Indian counterpart, External Affair Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said New Delhi is in no hurry, and will move forward step-by-step with Islamabad.
While interacting with reporters here, Khurshid reiterated that the government stand regarding recent ceasefire violations and brutal killings of the Indian soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC) is very clear and would carefully deliberate over the issue and take calculative steps.
“I think we have been through difficult moments and lets just take one step at a time, the government will take everything into account. The Prime Minister has given a clear indication, we will now step by step move forward. Let us just see what is necessary to say and to do by analysing the situation, there is no hurry,” said Khurshid.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has climbed down and the tension has eased since the talks between top military officials of the two sides.
Tension between the two Asian neighbours has escalated ever since Lance Naik Hemraj was beheaded in an attack by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control on January 8.
India has lodged a strong protest against the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and made it clear to it that its army reserves the right to retaliate if provoked.
The army’s position was conveyed at a brigadier-level flag meeting between the two sides at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing-point in Poonch sector of the Jammu region on Monday.
Pakistan has denied India’s claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district. (ANI)