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India, Pak security advisers agree to reduce tension along LoC, says Sartaj Aziz

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NEW DELHI: Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua have discussed over phone as tension between the two countries runs high after the terror attack in Uri and the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) against terrorists waiting to swindler into India.

The two senior officials have agreed to reduce tension along the Line of Control, news agency ANI quoted Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as saying.

Mr Aziz reportedly said the two NSAs made contact after the recent tension.

As the international community has urged India and Pakistan to defuse the tension, PM Modi said yesterday, “This country has never been hungry for land. We have never attacked any other country.”

Last week the Indian Army said it had carried out surgical strikes on multiple terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control or LoC in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists waiting to sneak into India with the aim of attacking Jammu and Kashmir and several metros.
The surgical strikes came days after Pakistani terrorists had attacked an Army camp in Kashmir’s Uri, killing 19 soldiers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the Uri attack would not go unpunished.

Pakistan has denied that the surgical strikes took place on Thursday, calling it “cross-border” firing. Since Thursday, it has violated the 2003 ceasefire with India several times firing across the border.

Last night, terrorists believed to have entered India across the Jhelum river, attacked an Army camp and an adjacent camp of the Border Security Force, killing one BSF personnel and critically wounding another.

Amid the tension, security forces have been on high alert along the LoC and the international border with Pakistan, and villages within 10 km of these have been evacuated.

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