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India, Pak NSAs agree to reduce tension along LoC: Sartaj Aziz

Aziz confirmed that a contact was established between India's NSA Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua after recent tension between the two countries on the Line of Control (LoC). Aziz said they agreed to reduce tensions on LoC.

Sartaj Aziz: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs

Amidst simmering tensions between India and Pakistan, according to media reports its is learnt that the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan have spoken over phone and agreed to reduce tensions on the LoC. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Monday as tensions soared high between the two nations after India’s surgical strikes, this was the first time that two sides have talked to each other.

Aziz confirmed that a contact was established between India’s NSA Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua after recent tension between the two countries on the Line of Control (LoC). Aziz said they agreed to reduce tensions on LoC.

“Pakistan wants to reduce tensions on LoC and focus on Kashmir,” Geo News quoted Aziz as saying.

He also alleged India wants to divert world’s attention from Kashmir by escalating tensions.

Last week, the Indian Army said it had carried out surgical strikes on multiple terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control or LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists waiting to sneak into India. The strike rattled the ISI and the Pakistan military establishment.

The surgical strikes came days after Pakistani terrorists had attacked an Army camp in Kashmir’s Uri, killing 19 soldiers.

Pakistan has denied that the surgical strikes took place on Thursday, calling it “cross-border” firing.

Talking about Sharif’s recent US visit, Aziz said Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had during his several talks with World leaders explained to them that incidents of border tensions would continue between both countries without the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Meanwhile, amidst the tension, security forces have been on high alert along the LoC and the international border with Pakistan, and villages within 10 km of these have been evacuated as precautionary measure and to counter any threat by Pakistan in retaliation to the surgical strikes.

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