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India cautious, weighs its response

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2013 00:59 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
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The India-Pakistan peace process has come under political pressure as the poll-bound UPA government is cautiously calibrating its response to the killing of five Indian soldiers in the Poonch sector on Tuesday.

New Delhi is treading cautious and is waiting for full assessment by the defence ministry to make its next move after summoning the deputy high commissioner to protest over the incident

The ambush took place even as two sides were finalising dates for the secretary-level talks, and works being done for the meeting between Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif in New York in the last week of September.

Pakistan, however, has staunchly denied any role in the incident. With the incident raising a political rage, government will be walking a tightrope on talks with Pakistan faced with general elections next year.

Congress spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das said, “What was the compulsion and on the talks...I would not like to comment but the government has taken the matter in the diplomatic channel regarding this incident.”