Monday, December 7, 2015, Agrahayan 23, 1422 BS, Safar 24, 1437 Hijri

Top security officials of India and Pakistan meet in Bangkok
Published :Monday, 7 December, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 11

ISLAMABAD, Dec 6 : The Indian and Pakistani national security advisers met in Bangkok on Sunday to discuss regional security and their Kashmir dispute, a joint statement said, as the two countries seek a thaw in frosty relations.
The meeting, which was originally set to be held in August but cancelled by New Delhi, came days after the prime ministers of both countries met on the sidelines of a conference in Paris.
"Pursuant to the meeting of the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in Paris, the National Security Advisers, accompanied by the Foreign Secretaries (top diplomats), met in Bangkok today," the statement said.
"Discussions covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other issues, including tranquility along LoC," it added. The Line of Control marks the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region.
Relations between the two nuclear powers have worsened significantly since 2014, with shelling across their border in Kashmir claiming dozens of lives.
Since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, they have fought three wars -- two of them over Kashmir. The territory is divided between the two countries but claimed in full by both.
About a dozen militant groups have been fighting since 1989  either for Kashmir's independence or its merger with Pakistan.    ?AFP

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