India, Pak Should Maintain Peace: US

India, Pak Should Maintain Peace: US

9 January 2013
Rising Kashmir
Lalit K. Jha

Washington DC: A day after Indian army accused Pakistani soldiers of breaching Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector and killing two army men, US Wednesday hoped that two neighbours would work together to maintain peace and stability in the region. 'We all hope - our Pakistani and Indian partners – that we can maintain peace and stability in the region. The Secretary of Defense has affirmed that on visits throughout that region including to India,' Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters. He said the issue of tensions, historical tensions between India and Pakistan, is one that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, knows very well. 'On the issue of terrorism, let me say that we stand with everyone in the world to include those in India and in Pakistan who take a very hard line against terrorists who want to kill civilians, whether it's Pakistani, Indian or American civilians,' Little said. He said they have all been affected by terrorism. “We believe that there needs to be a united front against terrorist groups operating in that region of the world and in others” Earlier, the US State Department had asked India and Pakistan to take steps to end the exchange of fire and resume normal trade and travel across the Line of Control. 'We urge both sides to take steps to end exchanges of fire and to resume normal trade and travel across the line of control,' State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.