India voices concern to Pakistan over ceasefire violations
India on Monday voiced its concern to Pakistan over a recent increase in border ceasefire violations and the attack on its embassy in Kabul, a news report said, reported dpa.
The issues were raised during talks between Indian National Security Advisor MK Narayanan and his Pakistani counterpart Mehmud Ali Durrani in New Delhi, the PTI news agency reported quoting official sources.
New Delhi has been disturbed by the increasing incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistani troops to provide cover to infiltrating Muslim militants.
There have been over 30 such incidents this year, most of them near the Line of Control, a de-facto border between the two parts of Kashmir the two countries separately administer.
India and Pakistan entered a ceasefire agreement on the line of control in Kashmir in November 2003.
India has also been upset at the suicide attack on its embassy in Kabul on July 7, that claimed over 50 lives, for which Afghanistan and India have blamed Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence.
Officials told the PTI that during the meeting, the Indian side had emphasized that continued ceasefire violations and attacks did not augur well for the ongoing peace dialogue which aims at improving ties between the neighbours.
The two sides were believed to have looked at ways by which ceasefire violations could be put to an end.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raised the issue of attack on India's Embassy in Kabul with his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani in Colombo on the sidelines of summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in August.
Gilani had promised to hold an internal inquiry to ascertain whether or not ISI was involved.
India has for long been demanding that Pakistan fulfil its promise of not allowing its territory to be used by anti-India militants who New Delhi claims are behind several bombings in India.
These incidents had forced India to say that the dialogue process was under "strain" and warn that its future could be in difficulty if such acts continued.
Durrani is visiting India for the first time since he took over as national security adviser.
He is also scheduled to hold call-on meetings with Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. Durrani will leave for Pakistan on October 15.