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Pak shouldn't take India for granted: President

Posted on Jan 25, 11:56PM | IBNS

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said Pakistan should not take India for granted after committing atrocities on the Indian troopers along the border.

"In the recent past, we have seen serious atrocities on the Line of Control on our troops. Neighbours may have disagreements; tension can be a subtext of frontiers. But sponsorship of terrorism through non-state actors is a matter of deep concern to the entire nation," he said in his address on the eve of the 64th Republic Day of India that is celebrated every year on Jan 26.

"We believe in peace on the border and are always ready to offer a hand in the hope of friendship. But this hand should not be taken for granted," said the President who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces in India.

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 soldier.