Indian troops continue to violate LoC ceasefire: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI / WASHINGTON: Violating ceasefire agreement once again, Indian army on Wednesday allegedly resorted to ‘unprovoked’ firing and shelling across the border in Kellar and Naiza Peer Kirani sectors of Azad Kashmir, Express News reported, quoting Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR).

According to ISPR, security forces retaliated effectively to Indian aggression.

ISPR said that the Indian Border Security Force carried out unprovoked firing on Naiza Peer sector in Rawalakot and Kellar sector in Bagh at 2 am today, Radio Pakistan reported.

More than 12 people have been killed and 64 others injured in Indian firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary over the past two weeks. Unprovoked Indian firing has triggered an exodus of people from the villages near the LoC and Working Boundary.

Clashes occur regularly along the LoC as well as the Working Boundary. However, the latest shelling which began over a week ago, has been unusual in its intensity and frequency.

‘Indian aggression – threat to peace’

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has said that the continuous violation of the LoC and the Working Boundary is posing a threat to peace in the South Asian region, Radio Pakistan reported.

Addressing a forum held under the aegis of Atlantic Council in Washington, Jilani said that Pakistan-India relationship has become tense because of the Indian aggression, adding that “Pakistan wants to maintain atmosphere of peace with India”.

Expressing disappointment on the unilateral decision by India to cancel foreign secretary-level talks and the recent escalation on the LoC through multiple violations by the Indian security forces, the ambassador said that such aggressive posturing in a volatile region, not only runs counter to the stated Indian objectives for a peace dialogue with Pakistan but also jeopardizes the security and stability of the entire region.

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