"Instead of issuing belligerent statements by the military and political leaders from across the border and ratcheting up tension, it is advisable for the two countries to discuss all concerns related to the LoC with a view to reinforcing respect for the ceasefire, may be at the level of the Foreign Ministers, to sort out things," Khar said in a statement issued late last evening in Islamabad.
"Rhetoric and ratcheting up of tensions is certainly counter-productive," she said a day after accusing India of engaging in "war-mongering" in the aftermath of the killings of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops, which led Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to issue a stern comment that there "cannot be business as usual with Pakistan."
A string of violations of the ceasefire that had been in operation since 2003 along the 742-km LoC over the past 10 days have left two Indian soldiers dead.
Speaking at an event organised by think-tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York last evening, Khar said, "We will be open to a discussion and a dialogue at the levels of the Foreign Ministers to be able to resolve the issue of cross LoC incidents and also to recommit ourselves to respect for the ceasefire because Pakistan is fully committed to respect for the ceasefire 2003."
She said the LoC clashes and killing of soldiers has "unfortunately created questions but we still believe that dialogue must be the means to resolve this or any issue."
Earlier, the Directors General of Military Operations of the two sides spoke on a hotline and 'agreed on the need to reduce tension on the LoC", a Pakistani military statement said in Islamabad.
Khar said Pakistan and India were important countries of South Asia and it was "imperative that they demonstrate requisite responsibility for ensuring peace by addressing all concerns through dialogue".
Pakistan, Khar said, was "saddened and disappointed at the continued negative statements emanating from India both from the media as well as certain Indian leaders".
Islamabad had observed a "measured and deliberate self-restraint" in its public statements on India and this was been done in view of the interest of peace in the region, she said.
"We have invested hugely in the dialogue process and have worked energetically to keep the dialogue process moving forward in a sustained and constructive manner. Pakistan has gone out of the way to build a constructive relationship with India," she said.
India and Pakistan resumed their dialogue process in early 2011 after a gap of over two years in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, which were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group.
The string of clashes along the LoC since January 6 marked the most serious violations of the ceasefire put in place in late 2003. The two sides have traded angry charges over the violations. The High Commissioners of both countries were summoned by the foreign ministries for lodging protests.
"Continued tension along the LoC is not in the interest of peace and stability in the region," Khar said.
Responding to a question at CFR on India-Pakistan ties, Khar said as important countries within South Asia, both nations must show "very responsible behaviour and must show their complete commitment to pursuing normalisation of relations and peaceful co-existence for heaven's sake.
"These recent (LoC) incidents have been extremely unfortunate... I hope this will pass," she said.
Repeating her remarks which she made a day earlier at an event at the Asia Society, Khar said Pakistan had investigated but found no evidence that an Indian soldier Lance-Naik Hemraj had been beheaded by Pakistani troops.
While denying that Pakistani troops had killed two Indian soldiers, Khar said there was "another murdering" of one of its people across the LoC on January 10.
Khar said before the tensions at the LoC, the two nations had moved forward towards normalising ties to quite an extent, improving atmospherics and continuing with the peace process.
"I hope for the future also we will continue to do rather well," she said, adding by normalising trade relations with India, Pakistan had wanted to send a "very serious message" that "we mean business, we walk the talk of normalisation."
Trade ties between the nations would build "stakeholders in each others future" and because of bilateral investments people would have been "very unhappy on incidents like the one we just saw, any talk of hostile behaviour of any type."
Khar again pointed fingers at India over the reactions being made by its leadership on the LoC crisis while praising Pakistan's response, which she described as "mature".
"I am rather disappointed by that. You see a lot of very hostile negative statements which have come out... The only thing I am concerned about when we allow this to become domestic politics issue," she added.
Khar said there are naysayers on both sides of the border who do not want the peace process to continue.
"So they will always encourage you to go hard on the rhetoric and just ratchet up the tension. Some people find it in their interest, we do not. We must not fall prey to that.
In Pakistan we have not fallen prey to the requirement of ratcheting it up."
India and Pakistan have spent the last 60 years on the narrative of hostility.
"I take the blame for that. I am not saying India (alone) has spent 60 years (on the narrative of hostility). I say both the countries have very effectively spent 60 years in developing hostile narratives and is this what you want to give to your next generation. We say no," she said.
WHAT IS THERE FOR SALMAN KHURSHID TO DISCUSS. LET HIM SIT DOWN AND RELAX. THE ARMY COMMANDERS HAVE DONE IT BEST AND DISPOSED IT OFF.
What is the use of talks when Pakistan is not willing to accept itsb barborus mistake.Talks should start only when thew guilty of beheading Indian Soldiers are handed over to INDIA
Why to start talk??? Pakistan should start action against the terrorist who move around in Pakistan. Let them handed over 26/11 terror attack master mind Hafiz Sayeed & Bombay Blast prime accuse Davood first.
After all the drama and vacuous noises from the media and the political establishment, we will in a matter of days return to business as usual i.e. hobnob with them and pretend that Parliament attacks, Mumbai carnage and LOC violations are aberrations ... And while we are at it,shall we play more cricket? A eunuch of a PM and a thief as a Foreign Minister...will surely say yes,why not!
India will invite - FM of Pak. Hina Rabbani KHAR for talks with future P.M. of INDIA - Raul Gandy.
As pointed perfectly by Kris about the art of Tacquiyya (oops...tequila), these Pakis have cleverly mastered it and have fooled Indian Leadership (highly questionable leaderships indeed!) for time and again. I wonder how Captain Tiwari(Bimari)and his team would respond to the venom-spitting snake (Khar). It is very sad to even comment about our political leadership and its governing abilities. I don't think so I would be able to spend my time in commenting on these matters because our own people who are entrusted with safeguarding our country are not even bothered to feel for their own brothers and sisters. I understand, it is a difficult job to handle the governing infrastructure in India due to its diverse nature but, that doesn't mean to forgive and ignore the incompetency of the governing class. An external threat is always important since it brings out the prevailing social-ills in our country out in the lime-light, & mind you, these social-ills are much dangerous than Pakis, BYE
very true,what this farrukhabad goon will do not to speak of diseased tiwaree for them to remain in power is important than to lives of soliders and dignity of nation,
We all recall Khar openly said she would not respond to the voice of one billion from the other side of the border Guess someone must have changed her tutored line after making such an insulting statement Suggestion tell her to shut up or well will put on her on bus in Delhi if and when she comes to India Then send her to Singapore
Pakistan foreign minister uses 'tacquiyya' a technique and a philosophy in islamic belief system where you can lie and do all kinds of deceptions, be two-faced with opponents. Pakistan does not want peace with India. What they want is Kashmir, then Lucknow, then Hyderabad and then of course the New Delhi itself. it is all about conquering mind set. You expect truth and dharmic approach to peace from these guys? Good luck. All you will get is Tacquiyya (islamic lies and deceptions) and no peace. Pakistan as a nation and culture has fooled Indian gov and the people of India for the past 65 plus years. It will only continue, because tacquiyya works for them. You don't believe me? google the term or watch Youtube. Learn about Tacquiyya and don't get fooled by these guys. Our PMs, Nehru, Indira gandhi, Gujral, Vajpayee and now Manmohan Singh - all have been fooled by Tacquiyya. Musharaff must be given Nobel prize for effectively using tacqyuiiya against US and India.
Let it be a simple game of cricket or even kabadi or any issue the way u indians create a hue and start lamenting is pathetic. It depicts how sick u ppl are. U want war? Go ahead let it be decisive either we become a part of india again or your maha bharat produces numerous offsprings once again. The way u bring islam in every issue shows your ill biased brahman pshyche. Dont underestimate us we might be in a chaos internally but u know the biggest binding force of nation is common hatred against india. U dare look at our country with ill intention and trust me each pakistani is ready to devour u into pieces. BE WARE
not only India,bot the world know show "brave"pakistan army surrendered to India in 1971 to prouce Bangladesh.don't forget the panga of Kargil Mr. shahbaz.India's greatness is beyond your comprehension.
It is absurd to talk again and again after violating the Line of Control by infiltration and cross border soldier fire across the LoC by Pak at all times to recurring the escalation on LoC which was drawn by the International authorities covering the illegally occupied Kashmir by Pak which is measured and demarked to be a portion of almost half of Kashmir; although, Pak never been content, on the LoC fixed by the International authority and escalating the situation on LoC which was a perpetual headache for India to face Pak's provocation whould have been the cause for India to react, unfortunately, India could have been talk to Pak only on every incident without reaction, but Pak was being acted on LoC by violation and invite India for talk talk and talk without any reaction against Pak. More to say that there are International authorities are posted on the LoC and what they were being observed whether Pak or India violating LoC and mutilating soldiers of Indian side & observer is mum.