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India not in haste with Pakistan: Salman Khurshid

Posted on Jan 22, 04:40PM | IBNS

India's external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said the country would take forward its confidence building measures with Pakistan only when the situation that has worsened over the border skirmishes improved and proper atmospherics is created.

Speaking to reporters here, he said: "The situation had unfortunately because of certain unacceptable incidents come under severe question mark. The atmosphere and atmospherics are deteriorating considerably and there it is important for us that we first ensure that the atmospherics returned to normal or near normal."

He said that is the expectation India has in the context of the border tension.

"We are waiting for the atmospherics to return to normal," speaking on improving ties with Pakistan, a move that was halted after the border killings and beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistan.

He said when the situation becomes more amenable and when there is an improvement India would take talks forward.

He said India would not move in haste and only proceed when the situation is more amenable in totality.

"We have to be careful and watch and analyse," he said.

India recently lodged strong protest against the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan troops and said such a 'dastardly and cowardly act' was totally unacceptable as Brigadier-level officers from both the countries held flag meeting on the border tensions at Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Jan 14.

Pakistan, however, denied its involvement in the matter and its foreign minister even accuse India of war mongering.

Ties between the two nuclear armed neighbours deteriorated this month over border firing and killing of two Indian soldiers, including the beheading of one of the martyrs by Pakistani troops.

Pakistan has, however, denied its soldiers killed or beheaded any Indian soldiers.

Two Pakistani soldiers also died, reports said.