Pakistan PM urges 'new beginning' with India amid high tension over Kashmir

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for a "new beginning" in relations with India amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir, in comments published on Tuesday.

Clashes in recent weeks across the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC), which divides the Himalayan territory between India and Pakistan, have raised the temperature between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Sharif said it was vital India and Pakistan became "good friends", in remarks published on Tuesday, the state news agency.

"Let us make a new beginning. Let us sit together to resolve all outstanding issues in a friendly manner and in a peaceful atmosphere," he said.

India's army on Tuesday accused Pakistan of firing across the LoC late on Monday in the latest confrontation.

Tensions have flared in the Kashmir valley since the killing last week of five Indian soldiers, which India blamed on the Pakistani army.

Pakistan accused India of killing a civilian during firing on Monday and summoned its envoy in Islamabad to register a protest.

The picturesque Himalayan territory is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored LoC, but both countries claim it in full.