Nawaz Sharif-Singh meeting to go ahead ,NA told

Islamabad: Pakistan Friday said the killing of Indian security personnel in Occupied Kashmir on Thursday will not affect the proposed meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New York.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the National Assembly during question hour that anti-Pakistan elements are linking yesterday’s incident with the Line of Control [LoC] violations in a bid to derail the dialogue process. He says that these elements will not succeed in their nefarious designs.

The Minister expressed the hope that a positive outcome will emerge from the meeting‚ which will help move forward dialogue process between the two countries to resolve all outstanding issues.

To a question he informed the House that nine military and four civilians have been martyred due to unprovoked Indian firing on Line of Control in recent months.

The Minister said overall 59 firing incidents took place at LoC which also injured 48 persons including 13 military personnel.

He said five causalities were reported last year in 24 incidents of firing on LOC.

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