Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kashmir: Pakistan shows serious concern on attack in Indian Kashmi

Source: IRNA

Islamabad, Sept 28, IRNA – Pakistan on Saturday expressed serious concern over the militant attack in the Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed nine people, including security personnel on Friday.

Chief Minister of the Indian-administered Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, had claimed that the three attackers had arrived from Pakistan.

The attack had posed threat to the upcoming meeting of prime ministers of Pakistan and India in New York on the sideline of the UN General Assembly on September 29.

However officials of both countries say the two premiers will meet as per schedule.

“We have noted with deep concern, media reports on the unfortunate incident in Jammu on 26 September 2013 resulting in the loss of life of more than a dozen security personnel,” the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The timing of this attack is particularly disturbing as it takes place a couple of days before the leaders of Pakistan and India are to meet in a bid to move towards improvement of relations,” it added.

The Foreign Ministry said it is imperative that any such act of violence should not be allowed to deter us from pursuing a path to a better future for the peoples in both countries.

“Pakistan, itself a foremost victim of this menace, condemns all forms of terrorism and has rendered immense sacrifices in this regard.”

The statement said Pakistan remains committed to eliminate the specter of terrorist violence from our society and our region and has on numerous occasions offered cooperation to India in fighting this menace through laid down bilateral mechanisms.

It further noted that Pakistan remains ready to discuss all outstanding disputes in a meaningful manner.