Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says India’s violation of the ceasefire agreement at the Line of Control (LoC) is an attempt to divert the world’s attention from the atrocities it is committing against innocent people of India-held Kashmir.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday to review the situation at LoC a day after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border firing, the premier said escalation of tension at LoC by Indian forces is a threat to regional peace and security.
He stressed that Pakistan cannot be bullied by such tactics as “we are fully capable of defending our soil against any belligerence”.
He urged the United Nations to take notice of India’s violation of the ceasefire agreement.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz briefed the premier on the latest situation after the latest skirmish at the LoC.
Aziz said the recent incidents of firing by Indian forces have resulted in the deaths of 26 and injuries to 107 civilians.
The Foreign Office (FO) on Monday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to lodge a protest against the killing of soldiers across the LoC.
FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said India must stop all ceasefire violations and avoid targeting residents along the LoC.
The prime minister was also briefed on Pakistan-US relations in wake of election of Donald Trump as the new American president.
Radio Pakistan quoted the PM as saying that Pakistan looks forward to closely work with the newly elected US government “for realisation of peace, security and prosperity in the region and beyond”.