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Jan 18, 2013 at 09:16am IST

Pak bashing has become a fashion in India, need is to bring back normalcy: Bashir

New Delhi: With reports of de-escalation in tension at the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Salman Bashir, on Thursday reiterated that the soldiers of the country's army did not cross the LoC.

Referring to the mutilation of an Indian soldier, though Bashir said that "these horrific happenings and heinous acts are condemnable", he denied that the act was committed by the Pakistani Army. He said, "We need to get to the bottom of the issue.

He further hit out at India, saying, "I must say Pakistan bashing has become fashionable in India whenever there is an issue," adding, "we should get out of this mode". The Pakistan High Commissioner further asserted that the real need was to bring back normalcy.

Pointing that the only way forward was dialogue between the two countries, Bashir claimed that Pakistan had also lost three soldiers recently in firing by the Indian Army. He also dismissed the allegations of Pakistan planting landmines near the LoC, terming them as "irresponsible statements".

Further talking about the beheading of Indian soldiers, the Pakistan High Commissioner said, "Day this (beheading of Indian soldier) was reported, we lost over a 100 people in bombings in Quetta...we are not indifferent to this."

"Both Pakistan and India should pay attention to Confidence Building Measures," said Bashir.

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