India should talk to Pak but with dignity, rectitude: Ansari

RAKESH MOHAN CHATURVEDI

On Board Special Aircraft, Jan 14: Amid growing clamour in India for strong action against Pakistan over the beheading of an Indian soldier, Vice President Hamid Ansari today made a strong pitch for continuing bilateral talks from a "position of dignity and rectitude".
 "Neighbours cannot be wished away. Neighbours are a fact of life. You have to continue talking from a position of dignity and rectitude but you have to talk," Ansari told reporters in an interaction on board the special aircraft on his way to a four-day visit to Vietnam.
 The former diplomat was replying to a question on what his advice would be to the Indian government on dealing with the ensuing trouble in the Poonch sector between the Indian and Pakistan forces. "Definition of diplomacy is to continue negotiating at all times under all conditions. So obviously, there is work for diplomats to do. I am sure that is underway," he said.
 Amid mounting tensions over a series of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), India today lodged a strong protest with Pakistan at a flag meeting between the two Armies.

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