ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry summoned the Indian high commissioner to Pakistan on Monday afternoon and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian occupation forces on the Line of Control (LoC).
Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed on Sunday night during cross-border firing across the LoC in Bhimber area, where tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours have surged in recent months.
“Seven soldiers embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) at the LoC in the Bhimber sector in cross-fire LoC violation by Indian troops late last night,” the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement
The foreign secretary deplored the increasing Indian ceasefire violations at the LoC and the working boundary, especially in the last two months.
“This is against the 2003 ceasefire understanding and the principles of international law,” he said.
He emphasized that this belligerent attitude of Indian occupation forces was a serious threat to the regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.
Chaudhry asked the Indian high commissioner to convey to his government that it must stop the provocative firing and observe the ceasefire.
“Pakistan is pursuing a policy of restraint, which should not be construed as a sign of weakness,” he said.
He underlined that the armed forces of Pakistan did not initiate fire, but would always respond in a befitting manner, if fired upon.