US closely watching tensions between Pak-India: John Kirby

30 Sep, 2016 11:19 am

WASHINGTON (92 News) – US State Department Spokesman John Kirby has on Friday said that the US is closely watching tension between Pakistan and India.

Addressing a news briefing in Washington on Friday, he urged India and Pakistan to improve communication in order to avoid an increase in tensions between the nuclear arch rivals.

The US state department spokesman said urged Pakistan and India to avoid steps that escalate the tension between nuclear arch rivals.

Kirby expressed concerns over growing terrorism in the region and once again demanded Pakistan to take action against all terrorist groups including Haqqani Network.

Earlier, two Pakistani soldiers were martyred by Indian troops during a predawn clash along the Line of Control (LoC) that lasted about six hours, while Pakistani soldiers “befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing” near the villages of Bhimber, Kel, and Lipa.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned what he called the “unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces,” adding that the military was capable of thwarting “any evil design to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, India’s military claimed it had carried out “surgical strikes” along the border to thwart attacks being planned against cities.

But Pakistan’s military said “the notion of [a] surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists’ bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects.”

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