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India's continued violations may escalate tension: Pakistan

25 October, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has said that continued LoC ceasefire violations from Indian side are unfortunate and alarming which may further escalate the tension, undermining Pakistan's efforts to improve relations with India.

During the last two days, Indian troops have intensified violations and have carried out unprovoked firing on working boundary in Pukhlian, Chaprar, Harpaland Charwah sectors near Sialkot.

The indiscriminate shelling on civilian population and targeting of 27 Pakistani posts has resulted in casualty of two civilians and one security personnel and serious injuries to 26 civilians, Foreign Office issued a statement.

"The Indian Border Security Force has fired almost 4000 mortar shells and 59000 rounds of machine gun fires, escalating tension across LoC and the working boundary." the Foreign Office stated.

The Foreign Office further said that Pakistani security forces exercised restraint and gave a measured and calibrated response to the unprovoked Indian aggression.

Earlier, blaming Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday he was disappointed with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and urged him "even at this late hour" to recognise that what was happening on the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border is not good for the two nations.

Indian media quoted Manmohan as saying, "I am disappointed because in the New York meeting (between them last month) there was a general agreement on both the sides that peace and tranquillity should be maintained on the border, LoC as well as the international border and it has not happened. It has come to me as a big disappointment."

"We had agreed at that time that if the ceasefire of 2003 has held ground for 10 years, then it could be made to hold later on also. That it has not happened and it is something which is really a disappointment," Singh said.

He said even at this late hour he sincerely hoped that Prime Minister Nawaz would recognise that this development "is not good for either of the two countries".

With Pakistan in mind, Singh very cleverly used the Chinese soil and said that terrorism and radicalism emanating from "our neighbourhood" had directly affected both India and China and could lead to instability across Asia.

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