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Jan 18, 2013 at 07:27pm IST

Pakistan rules out probe into LoC killings, says need is to stop ceasefire violations

New Delhi: Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir on Friday ruled out a probe into the recent ceasefire violations and the killing of soldiers at the Line of Control (LoC), saying things were at very initial stages, and the need was to first create an atmosphere conducive for it.

Speaking to CNN-IBN on the issue of probe, Bashir said, "The first requirement is to create the atmosphere and create that space for this sort of productive action to commence."

He further said that both India and Pakistan must, at this moment, stop the violations of ceasefire. "I think it's more important to keep eyes on the right target that we want to achieve and the target is that, these things, the violations of the ceasefire, should not happen."

The Pakistani envoy further dismissed the allegations of the Indian government that Pakistani artists were suffering as the country was stalling talks. "It's to the contrary. Why should the cultural areas, the artists, the performers, the sports people be stopped? Both sides have always said that people-to-people contacts are good and should be promoted."