NEW DELHI: Pakistan urged India on Thursday to tone down the â€œPakistan bashingâ€ over a spate of military clashes in Kashmir between the nuclear-armed neighbours, and again offered foreign minister-level talks to try to cool tensions. â€œI think it is important not to let this cycle escalate into something which becomes even more ugly than it is today,â€ Pakistani High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir said in an interview with Reuters. â€œLetâ€™s try to see if we can cool down and resume normal business.â€ Three Pakistani and two Indian soldiers have been killed this month in the worst outbreak of tit-for-tat violence in Kashmir since India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along a de facto border there nearly a decade ago. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since partition in 1947, two of them over the Himalayan region that both claim. Following public and media outrage after India said one of its soldiers had been decapitated, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said there could be â€œno business as usualâ€ with Pakistan, and the army chief said his commanders should retaliate if provoked. Bashir said India could have worked with Pakistan to get to the bottom of what happened instead of â€œstirring raw emotions and upping the rhetoricâ€, adding that â€œPakistan bashing has become fashionableâ€ in India. He told Reuters that the killing of the soldiers on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir was not carried out by Pakistani troops. â€œSuch heinous acts â€¦ are of course condemnable irrespective of where they happen and when they happen. But to say that these were done by Pakistan, that the Pakistan army was responsible, is something that we cannot agree to,â€ he said. MASS PROTEST India blames the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group for that attack and says it enjoys official protection in Pakistan. Pakistan denies supporting the group. Indian officials have accused the LeT of stirring up the recent trouble on the border, a claim denied by its founder, Hafez Saeed. Bashir said the Pakistani army and government could not speculate on who might have been behind the attack. Pakistanâ€™s government was plunged into a crisis this week by a Muslim cleric who led a mass protest in Islamabad to demand it resign. Bashir ruled out any link between the internal strife and the military skirmishes on the Kashmir border. He pointed to an offer made on Wednesday by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to her Indian counterpart for talks to ratchet down the tension. â€œPakistan definitely desires de-escalation and definitely feels that the only way forward is through dialogue,â€ he said. Indian-Pakistani relations had improved after plummeting in 2008 when gunmen killed 166 people in Mumbai in a three-day rampage that India blamed on LeT. However, firing and small skirmishes are common along the internationally recognised 740-km (460-mile) LoC despite the ceasefire that was agreed in 2003. Government officials on both sides have insisted over the past two days that the latest flare-up will not derail talks to improve relations, and experts say an escalation is unlikely. Source: Pakistan urges India to cool rhetoric over Kashmir | Pakistan | DAWN.COM These people still living in their own little world...!