Pakistan Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has expressed concerns over the deteriorating situation at the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz briefed him about LoC and the response of the government after the latest unprovoked Indian firing that led to the Shahadat (martyrdom) of seven Pakistani soldiers, in the Bhimber area.
According to a statement released Tuesday by Pakistan PM Office, the Adviser also briefed Nawaz Sharif on the increased frequency of indiscriminate firing and shelling from the Indian side targeting civilian populated areas.
Pakistan informed that the recent incidents of firing by the Indian forces have resulted in the Shahadat of 26 civilians and injuries to 107, including women and children, which according to Pakistan, is in complete violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding and International law.
Nawaz Sharif stressed that Pakistan was exercising maximum restraint in the face of Indian violence, which should not be misunderstood as his country’s weakness.
“Pakistan cannot be bullied by such tactics as we are fully capable of defending our soil against any belligerence,” Sharif said. “It is also a futile attempt of the Indian authorities to divert the world’s attention from the worst kind of atrocities they are committing against defenseless and innocent people of the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).”
Sharif urged that United Nations (UN) must take notice of the ceasefire violations on LoC and the unwarranted escalation of tension between the two countries.
“Our Armed Forces do not initiate fire but will always respond in a befitting manner to any aggression,” Sharif warned.
Photo courtesy: Pakistan PM Office
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