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India’s border violations potential threat to regional stability: FO

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson Foreign Office Nafees Zakaria has condemned Indian aggression along the Line of Control (LoC) and called upon the international community to immediately take notice of human rights violations by the Indian forces, ARY News reported.

In a statement, Mr. Zakaria said India border forces were targeting civilian localities in the Pakistan’s side of border in constant violation of the ceasefire agreement.

India had violated the ceasefire agreement more than 1,400 times since 2013, Zakaria said. “India violated the ceasefire 400 times in 2016 alone,” he added.

The international community had a role to play in prodding India to positively respond to Pakistan’s proposal for a Strategic Restraint Regime in South Asia, he said.

He said India’s constant violations of the ceasefire violations were posing serious threat to regional stability.

As tension escalated in the region recently, cross-border exchange of fire was increasingly becoming frequent between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Pakistan later in the day lodged a protest with India and the United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) over the killing of civilians and repeated cross-border firing by Indian forces.

As Indian and Pakistani troops regularly exchange fire across their de-facto border in Kashmir, Pakistan has repeatedly told India to refrain from creating tensed circumstances for the soldiers along the border.

Relations between the two countries have plummeted in recent months, with India blaming militants from Pakistan for a raid on an army base in its part of disputed Kashmir in September 2016 that killed 19 soldiers.




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