India reviewing ties with Pakistan following killings - PM
India is reviewing its relations with Pakistan against the backdrop of the recent "inhuman killing" of its soldiers by Pakistani forces in Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday, DPA reported.
Addressing a party meeting in the northern city of Jaipur, Singh said that while India desired friendly ties with Pakistan, Islamabad had to demonstrate that it wanted peace with New Delhi.
"We are continuously reviewing our relations with Pakistan. We have made it clear that this incident can have a negative impact on bilateral ties," Singh said.
"We will take future steps after a considered and careful review of the situation," Singh said in a speech in Hindi. "We want friendship with Pakistan. But they should also make efforts in this regard."
Since January 6, multiple exchanges of fire have resulted in the deaths of three Pakistani and two Indian soldiers along the de facto border dividing the Kashmir region into areas administered by India and Pakistan.
India has accused Pakistani troops of killing and mutilating its soldiers - alleging that one of the soldiers had been beheaded - a charge denied by Islamabad.
Although the border is now calm, the recent clashes in the area were the most serious since a ceasefire was announced in 2003.