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Indian defence minister says Pakistan border clashes 'extremely serious'

Published on Aug 30, 2014 11:18 PM
India's Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a news conference in Srinagar on June 15, 2014. On Saturday, he described a series of clashes along India's border with Pakistan as extremely serious, provocative and not conducive to talks. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Clashes along India’s border with Pakistan are “extremely serious and provocative” and not conducive to improving relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.

The comments came nearly two weeks after New Delhi called off top level diplomatic talks, protesting against Pakistan’s meetings with separatists from the disputed region of Kashmir.

Exchanges of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir have intensified in recent weeks, claiming lives of several people, including soldiers.

“The incursions taking place at the border both at the LoC and at the international border are extremely serious and provocative,” Jaitley said.

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