Too early to normalise relations with Pak: Antony
Posted on: 06:53 PM IST Jan 23, 2013
New Delhi: India on Wednesday said tensions on the Line of Control (LoC) have "reduced" after talks between the two countries' top military commanders but there will be no hasty decisions for normalising relations with Pakistan as it is "too early" to do so. Talking to reporters, Defence Minister AK Antony said infiltration attempts are going on even in extreme winters and wondered that "if this is the case now, what will be the position (of infiltration) in summers"?
"After the latest round of talks between the two DGMOs, the tension in the LoC has reduced but I cannot say or set a timeline for normalising the atmosphere there. It depends on so many factors. We have to cross our fingers and after the tragic and inhuman incident, even though Pakistan has assured us certain things, we have to see how this assurance translates into action," Antony said.
He was asked about the situation on the LoC and the threat faced by India from Islamic terrorism. He said it is "too early about normalising the relations. We have to wait and watch and assess the ground situation and other factors. Regarding the future course of action and relations in the future, we will not take a hasty decision."
The situation on the LoC had turned bad after the beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army troops in the Mendhar sector. Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh had issued a strong warning to the Pakistan Army saying his force reserved the retaliate at the time and point of its choosing.
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