Indian, Pakistani PMs agree to reduce Kashmir tensions
NEW YORK (AFP) - The leaders of India and Pakistan pledged on Sunday to restore calm on their disputed border in Kashmir, with New Delhi demanding action before any improvement in relations.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, held his first meeting with his counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the annual UN summit.
An Indian official said that the two leaders, who met for more than an hour in a New York hotel, decided to task senior military officers to "find effective means to restore the ceasefire" in divided Kashmir.
"Both agreed that the precondition for forward movement in the relationship, which they both desire, is really an improvement of the situation on the LoC," Indian national security adviser Shivshankar Menon told reporters, referring to the Line of Control in the Himalayan territory.