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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Full support to the legitimate struggle of Kashmir people: Pak envoy

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 14, 2014
First Published: 22:08 IST(14/8/2014) | Last Updated: 18:44 IST(18/8/2014)

Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said his country extends “full diplomatic and moral support” for what he described as the "legitimate struggle" of Kashmiris. Though it is a stated position of Pakistan government, it comes days ahead of India-Pakistan foreign secretary level talks.

“I would also like to reaffirm Pakistan's full diplomatic and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their legitimate struggle which is enshrined in UN charter and universal declaration of human rights,”  he said at an event here to mark the occasion.

Even though the stage for foreign secretary level talks has been set, ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistani troops have only increased.

In the sixth ceasefire violation in the past five days, Pakistani troops fired at forward Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district last night.

Pakistan had dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's accusation of it indulging in a proxy war against India as “baseless rhetoric”.

India hit back saying terrorism was a "core concern" in bilateral ties and all means available will be used to deal with the challenge. In a strong reaction, the external affairs ministry spokesperson said that the Prime Minister was articulating India's concerns about terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil and India will deal with it effectively as its "tool kit is not restricted in any manner.


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