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Pakistan calls for talks with India on Kashmir clashes

Published on Jan 17, 2013 5:58 AM
Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs speaks on stage at the Council for Foreign Relations in New York, January 16, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Pakistan's foreign minister on Wednesday called for talks with her Indian counterpart to ease tensions over deadly clashes in the disputed Kashmir region.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in New York that 10 days of fighting over the unofficial border had "created questions" about relations but added that Pakistan was "open" to dialogue between foreign ministers to end the dispute.

Ms Khar spoke as India's military said it had reached an "understanding" with Pakistan to "de-escalate" tensions in Kashmir, which has been the cause of two of the three wars between the neighbors since 1947.

Pakistan says three of its troops have died in three incidents since Jan 6. India says two of its soldiers have been killed, one of them beheaded, in hostilities along the Line of Control (LOC) frontier in the Himalayan region.

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