No business as usual with Pakistan

No business as usual with Pakistan after barbaric killings in Kashmir: India’s PM

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says there cannot be “business as usual” between his country and neighboring Pakistan after “the barbaric” killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops in Kashmir.

“After the barbaric act there cannot be business as usual” with Pakistan, said Singh on Tuesday.

“What has happened is unacceptable. Those responsible for this crime will have to be brought to book,” he added.

On Monday, the Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh also issued a statement saying that the recent attack was “a pre-planned activity” and Indian security forces will “retaliate aggressively.”

This comes after India said Pakistani forces have killed two Indian soldiers on the military control line (LoC) near disputed Kashmir on January 8.

According to military sources, an Indian patrol was ambushed by Pakistani soldiers in southern Kashmir’s Mendhar sector, 173 kilometers (107 miles) west of Jammu.

Pakistan, however, denied India’s allegations, saying Indian troops had crossed the de facto border of LoC in Kashmir, called the Line of Control, storming a military checkpoint.

Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim Kashmir in full but each only has control over a section of the territory.

Despite a 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control, the area still witnesses violence by both sides.

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