Pakistan has underlined the need to maintain ceasefire at the Line of Control.

In a statement issued here in Islamabad on Sunday, Foreign Office spokesman said Pakistan desires lasting peace in the region.

He said the Prime Minister of Pakistan has also stressed the need of maintaining peace between the two countries.

He said Indian forces opened unprovoked fire on Pakistani posts, and Pakistani Rangers gave them a befitting reply.

Earlier, in a media interview, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said Pakistan was ready for talks with India at any level for resolution of outstanding issues.

The spokesman said resumption of dialogue was imperative for peace and any delay would further complicate the matters. He said it was the responsibility of Indian authorities to provide security to Pakistani consulates and diplomats.

He said Pakistan had acted in a responsible manner and India should pursue the same course for lowering tensions.

The spokesperson regretted the incident of forced stoppage of Dosti bus in Amritsar.