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RAWALPINDI: The Directors General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India on Wednesday spoke over the hotline on the situation on the Line of Control (LoC), a UN-monitored de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, military sources said.

The DGs were in contact following Tuesday's accusations that Pakistani troops were involved in the killing of five Indian soldiers in an attack on an army post in the disputed Kashmir region.

Reports of the attack came just as India and Pakistan were preparing to resume peace talks broken off since January when tensions rose following the beheading of an Indian soldier in a border clash.

Pakistan's DGMO Major General Ashfaq Nadeem said the accusations levelled against the country's soldiers were without foundation and utterly baseless, sources said.

Moreover, Pakistan also lodged a strong protest against Tuesday afternoon's "unprovoked firing by Indian troops" at the Pando Sector on LoC near Muzaffarabad.

Major General Nadeem moreover told his Indian counterpart that Pakistan wholeheartedly respected the ceasefire agreement with India.

On Tuesday, the Foreign Office also rejected allegations of Pakistan’s involvement as “baseless and unfounded”, saying the country’s was committed to its ceasefire promises and wanted to resume peace talks with India soon.

The picturesque Himalayan territory of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by the LoC but is claimed in full by both countries.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.

A deadly flare-up along the LoC border in January brought low-level peace talks to a halt which had only just resumed after a three-year hiatus sparked by the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

However, the election of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in May's polls has fuelled expectations of a rapprochement.

Sujatha Singh, India's new foreign secretary, said last Thursday that India would be “picking up the threads” of peace talks with the new Pakistani government.

Singh however said that any dialogue with Islamabad “presupposes an environment free of violence and of terror”.

Speaking on the same day, Sharif reiterated his desire to boost ties with India and included Kashmir on a list of issues that had to be tackled.

“We will boost trade, we will boost business and will boost investment with India,” the premier told reporters in Karachi.

“We will also try our best to solve all longstanding issues with India, including Kashmir.”

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Anoop Aug 07, 2013 11:50am

India should not waste its time talking to the Civilians, who are clearly not in power when it comes to India-centric issues.

India has to be pragmatic and directly deal with the Army, or request the Army representative be present in the talks.

Lets be realistic, Civilians are responsible for Electricity, Roads, etc. When it comes to Security Policy, Foreign Affairs and India, Army will not back down.

Its not India's responsibility to promote Democracy in Pakistan.

Chandra Aug 07, 2013 12:36pm

Its a political gimmick, with elections in near future and congress govt totally under curroption related pressure, seems using this LOC issue to suppress the anger. Innocents are loosing life in this RANGEENpolitical game.

Rajiv Shukla Aug 07, 2013 12:43pm

High time Pakistan should stop feeling overshadowed by India and look after their development.

Hamid Shafiq Aug 07, 2013 01:22pm

nothing happen both millitaries rely on these fighting if every thing solve then do you think we need weapon to kill each other??????????

Imran Aug 07, 2013 01:49pm

Well its a good sign that the 2 sides are talking. Its too much of a coincidence that whenever India and Pakistan get close to peace moves something like this happens. The only way to defeat these mischief makers is to ignore them and continue with the peace process. If India gets provoked every time there's trouble on the LoC then these people have already succeeded.

assad Aug 07, 2013 02:38pm

Editorial check!! Its "Director Generals Military Operations" if you intend on using it as a plural to indicate both the Pakistani DGMO and his Indian counterpart and not "Directors General Military Operations."

Ebrahim Aug 07, 2013 03:57pm

It is always that whenever there is move for dialogue that these incidents happen. Basically there should be no talks whatsoever with India unless they are really serious. The talks normally starts and again it will be stalled for some stupid reason hence why to waste time and energy in the futile exercise that do not give any result.

Kuzhiyil Aug 07, 2013 06:31pm

It is on expected lines that Pakistan denied Killing of indian soldiers. It is not surprising that allegation that Pakistan soldier was killed by indian military on following t day. This type of denials have been routine practice for Pakistan. It will remain so in future as long as Pakistan civilian governments in fact remain subordinate to its military as well as India remain incapable of inflicting similar treatment to Pakistan Military.

             Everybody knows that the upper hand  of Military over its elected governments in the actual realm of power ends  at he moment when rivalry between India and Pakistan ends .
Tojo Aug 07, 2013 06:36pm

Let sanity prevail in dialogues and communication between two great nations undeterred by mishaps and accidents that will continue to occur at "trigger happy" borders.

zak Aug 07, 2013 09:23pm

Its time India gets serious and begin talks to end Indian administered of kashmir. India should stop feeding its population false propoganda and pretend its some power, it is not with a econmy worse than pakistans. But it lives in this region and so should resolve kashmir with pakistan the other regional power. it appears indian army does not want peace to maintain a large army and funds to manipulate. enough is enough.

Jitendra Aug 08, 2013 10:47am

Lets get over this madness of mutual hatred. Both nations have other priorities in this ever changing and competitive world. Lets not pass over this legacy of animosity and hatred to our future generations. Instead of trying to change the rules of the game, Lets change the game itself.

opti Aug 08, 2013 11:02am

India is never serious on talks with Pakistan, it is Pakistan Govt who is always begging India for talks, India has not accepted Pakistan since its independence, our Embassy is attacked what is this nonsense? Pakistan will respect India if they respect us, but unfortunately our media our govt is sold. Pakistan Govt has no dignity, please be open to the Nation, Indians lie to the media for 5 soldiers killed? you have not taken any step, you should close down your missions in India if you have a little bit of dignity. India is blaming Pakistan for every incident in India? Our Empires are punished for no reason? India is pushing every country, every forum in the world to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state whereas the reality is Pakistan is very sincere to India, looks like we are beggars who are begging and India is saying Maaf Kero baad may aani