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No talks with Pakistan, until ceasefire violation stops on ground: Parrikar

LUCKNOW, Jan 13 (INP): A day after US Secretary of State John Kerry urged India-Pakistan to move forward, Indian defence minister Manohar Paririkar categorically said that talks with Pakistan were not possible until and unless the neighboring country not only stops ceasefire violation but the same begins to be visible. Pakistan has to make its intention clear, the defence minister said. Alleging that proxy war is on from Pakistan side, the defence minister said that India has adopted a pro-active policy to thwart the neighboring country’s ill intention. However, Parrikar refused to elaborate on the strategy but said that within next six months statistics would prove what policy has been adopted to tackle proxy war from the Pakistani side. Parrikar, who was in Lucknow on a day-long visit, earlier held introductory meetings with several BJP office bearers and workers. Later in the day, he was expected to meet defence officials. He admitted that cross border firing has increased on international border with Pakistan but has come down considerably on Line of Control (LOC). On ways to tackle threat from China side, Parrikar though admitted that face off between India and Chinese army is still on, attempts of incursion from China side have stopped following talks with the Chinese officials. “Talks have been on, though not on a daily basis but from time to time. It is because of such talks that incursion by Chinese army has stopped,” Parrikar said and added, however, face off from within their respective borders between Indian and Chinese army is still on. He hoped that things will improve through diplomatic channels.

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