Washington: India and Pakistan need to sit and talk about their ongoing border tension, the Trump Administration said Wednesday.
“We think that both sides would certainly have to sit down and have talks about that,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily news conference.
She was responding to a question on what role the US can play to ease down the tensions between the two neighbouring countries.
The Indian and Pakistan issue was also raked up by a top American general at the US Congress.
“The enduring tension between the nuclear powers of India and Pakistan remains unreconciled,” General Joseph Votel, Commander of the US Central Command, said in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Notably, India and Pakistan have seen an increased hostility along the LoC from the past two months.
There were 515 infiltration incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017 in which 75 militants were killed. In 2016, there were 454 cases of infiltration in which 45 militants were killed.
In January alone, eight civilians and six security personnel were killed and around 70 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops along Indo-Pak border in Jammu region.
Pakistani troops carried out intense shelling along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts and from across the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts from January 18 to 22.
While there were no ceasefire violations by Pakistan reported along the IB since January 22, intermittent shelling has taken place along the LoC. (PTI)