New Delhi: Referring to the January 8 killings of two Indian soldiers along Line of Control by Pakistani troops, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir on Thursday said that Pakistan bashing has become fashionable in India.

Denying that Pakistani troops were behind the killings, he said that instead of indulging in Pakistan bashing, New Delhi could have approached Islamabad to get to the bottom of what had happened.
"Such heinous acts ... are of course condemnable irrespective of where they happen and when they happen. But to say that these were done by Pakistan, that the Pakistan Army was responsible, is something that we cannot agree to," he said.

He also reiterated Pakistan’s offer for Foreign Minister-level talks to try to cool tensions following clashes along the LoC between the two countries.

"I think it is important not to let this cycle escalate into something which becomes even more ugly than it is today. Let's try to see if we can cool down and resume normal business,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who had accused India of engaging in war-mongering, offered to have talks with her Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid to address concerns related to the Line of Control and to reinforce the ceasefire that had been in operation since 2003.

"Instead of issuing belligerent statements by the military and political leaders from across the border and ratcheting up tension, it is advisable for the two countries to discuss all concerns related to the LoC with a view to reinforcing respect for the ceasefire, may be at the level of the Foreign Ministers, to sort out things," Khar had said.


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