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LoC killings: Pakistan reiterates commitment to peace process

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Jan 11, 2013 at 05:37pm IST

New Delhi: Pakistan on Friday reiterated its commitment to the peace process. The Pakistan High Commission issued a statement, saying that Islamabad "reiterates its commitment to a peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues through a sustained and result-oriented dialogue with India".

The statement came after the Ministry of External Affairs ruled out intervention by a third party into the killings of Indian soldiers in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that there is no need for a third party mediation since India and Pakistan had a mechanism for solving their problems.

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The MEA further confirmed on Friday that buses and trucks were not being allowed to cross the border into Pakistan. However, he blamed "local reasons" for this. "Yes this is true that in one sector, trucks and buses were stopped due to local reasons. Our officials are engaged in talks over this issue. We will let you know the outcome," he added.

Meanwhile, even as the BJP demanded that India suspend dialogue with Pakistan, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) should continue as long as Pakistan is willing to accept its mistake. "Otherwise the government may have to rethink," he said.

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