Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that continued tension along the Line of Control (LoC) in disputed Kashmir region is not in the interest of South Asian peace and proposed foreign ministerial level Pakistan-India talks to sort out the issue.
Rhetoric and ratcheting up of tensions is certainly counter-productive, she added.
“We are saddened and disappointed at the continued negative statements emanating from India both from the media as well as certain Indian leaders.”
Hina Rabbani Khar said that 10 days of fighting over the unofficial border had "created questions" about relations but added that Pakistan was "open" to dialogue between foreign ministers to end the dispute.
Khar spoke as India's military said it had reached an "understanding" with Pakistan to "de-escalate" tensions in Kashmir, which has been the cause of two of the three wars between the neighbors since 1947.
Khar, who on Tuesday accused India of "warmongering," was again critical of "very hostile, negative statements" made by Indian leaders in recent days. She added that there had been a "glaring difference" in the reactions of the two governments.
Khar added that "Pakistan is fully committed" to a Kashmir ceasefire agreed to in 2003.
She added that there are groups on both sides who do not want a peace process. "They will always encourage you to go hard on the rhetoric and ratchet up the tension. Some people find it in their interests. We don t, so we must not fall prey to that," Khar said.
"I hope that this will pass," the minister said, adding that she was still "relatively positive" about prospects for relations between the two countries.