Kayani Describes Indian Counterpart's Statement Provocative

Kayani Describes Indian Counterpart's Statement Provocative

11 October 2013
Times of India
Omer Farooq Khan

Islamabad: Pakistan army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Friday described his Indian counterpart Gen Bikram Singh's statement accusing Islamabad of supporting terrorism as 'unfortunate, unfounded and provocative'. Gen Singh had blamed Pakistan army and the ISI for supporting the recent infiltration bid along the LoC in J&K's Keran sector. 'Rather than hurling such baseless accusations, India would be well advised to respond positively to Pakistan's suggestion for holding joint or impartial investigation into the LoC incidents, preferably by the United Nations,' a statement quoted Kayani telling a group of officers in Rawalpindi. He said the Pakistan army was exercising restraint, which should not be used for 'leveling such baseless allegations that vitiate prospects of regional peace'. Kayani said armed forces were fully supportive of Islamabad's peace process with India. He said Pakistan was also concerned about the continued 'Indian violations along the LoC'.