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India has toughened Siachen stand: Kayani
IANS
Islamabad, May 04, 2012
First Published: 13:01 IST(4/5/2012)
Last Updated: 01:32 IST(5/5/2012)

India has toughened its stance on Siachen, the world’s highest battleground, said Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

 

Kayani made the remark to media personnel after a visit to Gyari sector in the Siachen glacier area, his third since an avalanche entombed 140 soldiers.

The general said India was now demanding re-determination of positions, reported Dawn. He, however, added it “takes two hands to clap”.

On April 18, the country’s powerful army chief had said Pakistan favoured talks with India to demilitarise Siachen.

“Peaceful coexistence between the two neighbours is very important so that everybody can concentrate on the well-being of the people,” he said.

“Both countries should sit together to resolve all the issues including Siachen,” Kayani added. Pakistan, however, promptly did an about turn a day later when Islamabad insisted said there was no change in its stance on the disputed glacier.

Foreign office spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan said here that Pakistan has made no change in its stance on the Siachen glacier. “It is in our mutual interest that we address all the issues,” Khan said.

Responding to a question on whether Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership had revised the policy on Siachen, Kayani said it was “too early” to say anything.


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