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India rejects Pak objection to fencing along LoC

India rejects Pak objection to fencing along LoC

Publication: www.jang.com.pk
Date: December 16, 2003
URL: http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/dec2003-daily/16-12-2003/main/main15.htm

India will not stop building fences along the ceasefire line in Kashmir despite Pakistan's objection that it violates bilateral accords and UN resolutions, news reports said on Monday.

Indian soldiers began building fences after Pakistan and India agreed last month to a ceasefire along the Line of Control, between the Azad Kashmir and the Indian Held Kashmir. Indian officials say the fences will help in blocking infiltration by militants fighting for independence of the held Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan.

Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali had recently asked India to stop building the fences, saying they violated bilateral accords and UN resolutions on Kashmir. "We don't accept this thesis. We will be sharing our views with them," television channels showed Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha as saying.

Sinha's comments came after a meeting of the cabinet committee on security, which reviewed the situation in Kashmir and developments in Iraq. Indian officials said they wanted to finish the fencing by mid-2004, while Pakistan views it as a move toward making the ceasefire line into an official boundary and opposes it.

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