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Sayeed calls for de-escalation of LoC tensions

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Srinagar: Condemning the killing of Indian soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC), former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Sunday called for immediate de-escalation of tensions on the boundary dividing the state between India and Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference here, Sayeed, the patron of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said: “The rising tensions along the LoC and some points on the international border with Pakistan have caused a deep worry in our state.”

“From Kargil to Kathua, there have been incidents of serious nature threatening the decade-long ceasefire between the two countries which had rarely seen such a long thaw in their relations,” he said.

“The ceasefire had in the past survived even grave provocations like the Mumbai atrocities but it now looks like falling apart under the impact of unfortunate killings and the attendant rhetoric unleashed by some hawkish elements,” he warned.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said there are reports of dislocation of civilian population from some forward areas especially in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu region after the recent tensions on the LoC. (IANS)

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