"Pakistan will continue to respond to the situation with restraint and responsibility in the hope that steps would be taken by India to help reduce tensions," Sharif said at a joint news conference with UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

"We have to defuse tension and de-escalate the situation. Our objective is peace. For that, what we need is more diplomacy," he said.

Sharif said: "The escalation of tensions along the LoC is a matter of concern for us and the UN Secretary General."

Sharif said he would "explore all avenues to ease tension with India, start dialogue, address outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir, and promote trade and commerce".

He reminded Ban ki-moon that the Kashmir dispute is the "longest outstanding issue on the UN agenda". “Pakistan seeks peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions. We hope that the UN will play its role in resolving the Kashmir dispute," he said.

(Agencies)

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