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India-Pakistan talks likely to resume to resolve Kashmir dispute

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 Concerned with the increase in cross-border violations and the growing unrest in  Kashmir since July 2016, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said diplomatic efforts are underway to resume a dialogue between India and Pakistan for resolving the decades-old Kashmir dispute.

Responding to a question, Antonio Guterres said that he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thrice and two times Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring them to the negotiating table.Guterres is likely to meet Modi next month at the G-20 summit in Germany  and the East Asia summit in the Philippines  later in 2017.He expressed concern over the escalating tensions between the two countries amid repeated violations of the Line of Control.

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan along its border with India have increased many folds from 2014 to 2017 and cross-border firing by Pakistani security forces was concentrated along the Line of Control (LoC).

The Pakistani troops have been using mortars, heavy automatics, recoilless guns, and small weapons in the recent attacks. The tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) has already forced over 3,000 people including women and children to migrate from their houses near the border in Jammu and Kashmir to safer places.

The India-Pakistan composite Dialogue was cancelled in 2014 after Pakistan High Commissioner refused to call off talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders, despite India objected to it.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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