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‘Didn’t become PM to redraw boundaries,’ PM had told Sharif in US

Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid said on Saturday Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave a very stern message to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when the two leaders met in New York last month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Singh had told Sharif he did not become Indian PM ‘to re-draw the boundaries,’ according to Khurshid. ‘I think that is the most fantastic answer I have ever heard from an Indian leader given to somebody in Pakistan,’ Khurshid said.

A series of ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has escalated the tension between the two countries. A jawan from the Border Security Force was killed earlier this week in one of the several attacks on Indian posts by Pakistan troops. A few civilians from the Indian side of the border have also been injured. The Defence Ministry says there have been over 200 ceasefire violations this year, more than all such incidents in the last decade.

Singh, on the way back from his tour of Russia and China, said on Thursday he was disappointed with the Pakistan PM and asked him to recognise what was happening on the border is not good for the two nations. ‘Let me say I am disappointed because in the New York meeting (between Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif last month) there was a general agreement on both the sides that peace and tranquility should be maintained on the border, Line of Control as well as the international border and it has not happened. It has come to me as a big disappointment,’ Prime Minister Moanmohan Singh had said.
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