Decline in Firing Along International Border in Kashmir

As firing by Pakistani troops along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir registered a sharp decline, Islamabad said today, “War is not an option.” On Thursday, India had warned Pakistan that it would pay an “unaffordable price for its adventurism”.

After a meeting that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held with top ministers and his country’s military chiefs, his office said in a statement that they had, “stressed the fact that both countries are aware of each other’s capabilities. War is not an option. It is shared responsibility of the leadership of both countries to immediately diffuse the situation.”

The statement said Mr Sharif’s participation in PM Modi’s oath ceremony earlier this year was “a manifestation of Pakistan’s sincere desire to constructively engage India to establish durable peace in the region.”

India, sources said earlier in the day, will wait and watch before initiating any move to talk or even respond to any possible overtures from Pakistan.

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