Pakistani president renews offer to India to resolve Kashmir issue through talks

Pakistan's president has renewed his offer to neighbor and archrival India to hold bilateral talks to resolve the issue of the disputed Kashmir region.

Mamnoon Hussain said in a televised speech on Friday marking his country's Independence Day that Pakistan believes in "peaceful co-existence" though it would not comprise if its defense and security were under threat.

Pakistan and India have a history of uneasy relations.

They fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Kashmir — a divided region today — is claimed by both countries.

Pakistani security officials say Indian forces late on Thursday fired shots from their part of Kashmir at Pakistani troops.

Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta blamed Pakistan for initiating the fire, drawing India's response.