LoC violations may escalate tension with India: Pakistan
24 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday said that continued violations of the Line of Control by India were unfortunate and alarming, and might further escalate tensions, undermining efforts to improve relations.
Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, in a statement, said that during the last two days, Indian troops had intensified violations and carried out unprovoked firing on working boundary in Pukhlian, Chaprar, Harpal, and Charwah sectors near Sialkot.
He said the indiscriminate shelling on civilian population and targeting of 27 Pakistani posts had resulted in casualty of two civilians and one security official and serious injuries to 26 civilians.
The spokesman said the Indian Border Security Force had fired almost 4,000 mortar shells and 59,000 rounds of machinegun, escalating tension across the LoC and the working boundary. The Pakistani security forces exercised restraint and gave a measured and calibrated response to the unprovoked Indian aggression, he added.
"The continued violations are unfortunate and alarming which may further escalate the tension."
According to APP correspondent in Sialkot, indiscriminate heavy shelling on villages in Charwah sector of Sialkot Working Boundary from the Indian side intensified on Tuesday night.
According to senior officials of Chenab Rangers, Indian Border Security Forces used heaving machine guns and fired mortar shells killing dozens of cattle heads. Indian firing continued the whole night between Tuesday and Wednesday.
"The Chenab Rangers retaliated effectively and responded in a befitting manner, forcing the Indian guns to become silent on Wednesday," the statement read.