Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday accused Indian troops of deliberately escalating tensions on the Line of Control, saying it posed a “threat to regional peace and security”.
Sharif made the remarks while chairing a meeting in Islamabad to review the “deteriorating situation” on the LoC a day after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in firing by Indian forces.
He contended the exchange of fire on the LoC was “a futile attempt of the Indian authorities to divert the world’s attention” from alleged atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.
Pakistan “cannot be bullied by such tactics” as it is “fully capable of defending our soil against any belligerence”, Sharif was quoted as saying. He asked the United Nations to take notice of ceasefire violations on the LoC.
Indian and Pakistani troops have repeatedly exchanged fire on the LoC since bilateral ties plunged to a low after a terror attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri killed 19 soldiers. Both sides have accused each other of violating the 1993 ceasefire on the LoC and international border in Kashmir.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office had summoned Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale on Monday to protest against the death of the seven soldiers.
Sartaj Aziz, Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs, briefed the premier on the situation along the LoC. He said recent incidents of firing by Indian forces have resulted in the death of 26 people and injured 107 civilians.
The premier was also briefed on Pakistan-US relations against the backdrop of the recent presidential elections. Sharif said Pakistan looks forward to working closely with the newly elected government for peace, security and prosperity in the region and beyond.