World News : Expressing disappointment with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh Thursday said he had urged the former “even at that late hour” to realize the violations of ceasefire agreement on Line of Control (LoC) were not good for both the neighbors.
“Let me say I am disappointed because in the New York meeting (between them last month) there was a general agreement on both the sides that peace and tranquility should be maintained on the border, LoC as well as IB and it has not happened. It has come to me as a big disappointment,” Singh told reporters accompanying him on his two-nation tour to Russia and China.
“We had agreed at that time that if the ceasefire of 2003 has held ground for 10 years, then it could be made to hold later on also. That it has not happened is something which is really a disappointment,” he said when asked whether he was disappointed with Sharif. He said even at this late hour he sincerely hoped that Sharif would recognize that this development “is not good for either of the two countries”, Press Trust of India reported.
The Prime Minister’s concerns comes against the backdrop of heavy firing by Pakistani troops not only along the LoC but also along the IB and the loss of lives of two BSF personnel in the last one week and continuing ceasefire violations in the past three weeks even after the New York meeting.
Over the New York meeting on the margins of the UNGA, Singh had come under attack from BJP for engaging in “futile talks” with Pakistan. Agencies