New Delhi, Jan 12: Former External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh on Saturday said that India’s peace process with Pakistan should be halted to send a strong message to Islamabad about its repeated ceasefire violations in Kashmir.
“There are talks that the composite peace dialogue between India and Pakistan should be affected after the ceasefire violation by Pakistan. I do not agree and urge that the pace of the dialogue should be reduced. India should firmly say that things will not move forward if such incidents continue. India’s Interior Minister said that the visa norms would not be affected, I ask why? The situation is changing and fragile and India should act in a stricter manner,” said Singh.
Singh’s comments came in the wake of two Indian Army soldiers being killed and mutilated by the Pakistan Army in the Mendhar Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Tensions prevail between the two governments and their respective armed forces over the incident.
Meanwhile, in Lahore, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said she was “unpleasantly surprised” by Indian accusations against Pakistan, but tried allay fears that the stand-off could escalate.
The Bharatiya Jan ta Party, however, has demanded that international pressure to be put on Hafez Saeed, the Pakistani Islamist leader accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre.
“International pressure must be brought upon the Pakistani government to treat Hafiz Saeed as a war criminal and should be brought to justice,” said senior BJP leader Balbir Punj.
Water Resources Minister Harish rawat said: “We have condemned the ceasefire violation and we have clearly told Pakistan that we do not accept this. If the relations between the two countries need to improve then such incidents have to be completely brought to an end. The perpetrators of this violation should be brought to book and also there are talks of a militant organisation in the ceasefire violation incident that should be investigated as it is a serious concern for India.” (ANI)