Will engage with Pakistan in framework of Simla Agreement, Lahore Declaration: India

India on Thursday said that they would engage with Pakistan in the framework of Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration.

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2014, 20:18 PM IST
Will engage with Pakistan in framework of Simla Agreement, Lahore Declaration: India

New Delhi: India on Thursday said that they would engage with Pakistan in the framework of Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration.

When asked to react on dealing with Pakistan, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “We will engage in the framework of Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration,” as per ANI.

The BJP-led NDA government had recently called off secretary-level talks between the two countries over the meeting of Pakistani envoy in India with Kashmiri separatists.

India has categorically said then that only India and Pakistan were stakeholders on the issue of Kashmir and no one else.

Meanwhile, in the backdrop of the night-long firing by Pakistan Rangers targeting civilians areas and BoPs, BSF troops today held commandant-level flag-meeting with Rangers along International Border (IB) in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir, impressing upon each other to respect the ceasefire.

The commandant-level flag meeting was held at zero-line between Ballard Post of India and Imran Post of Pakistan this afternoon, he said, adding the Indian side was represented by Commandant of 126 Battalion, Hari Singh.

As per reports, two sides are reported to have impressed each other to respect ceasefire along Indo-Pak border.

Barely seven hours after the commandant-level flag meeting to resume derailed talks and prepare ground for sector commander-level flag meeting, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire "again" and resorted to firing on forward Border Out Posts (BoPs) and civilian areas along International Border (IB) in Jammu's Akhnoor sector.

This is the second commandant-level flag meeting in series of meetings scheduled in various affected sectors ahead of formal sector commander (DIG-Brigadier) level meeting to defuse the tension and bring much needed peace on two sides of IB.

India and Pakistan yesterday held a commandant-level flag meeting here to resume the derailed talks following heaviest shelling and firing along IB since 1971 war in Jammu sector, as Pak requested a sector commander level flag meeting to defuse the situation on the border and bring peace.

With Agency inputs