ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Tuesday denyed Indian media reports of an alleged incursion by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC).
The Foreign Office summoned the acting Indian deputy high commissioner to condemn the “unprovoked ceasefire violation” that led to three Pakistani soldiers being martyred a day earlier.
The firing by Indian forces in Rakhchikri sector of Poonch district had “provided a cover for the planting of IEDs [improvised explosive devices] by non-state actors”, which resulted in the martyrdom of three soldiers, a press release issued by the FO said.
The Foreign Office “categorically rejected” claims by Indian media that Indian forces had crossed the LoC to attack Pakistani troops.
“The false claims by India about the alleged cross-LoC adventures are a figment of their imagination and counter-productive for peace and tranquility on the LoC,” the FO statement said.
The Indian side had received a “befitting response” from the Pakistani forces and their guns were silenced, it said. The Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned the Indian envoy and urged his side to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement. He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
Pakistan Military also rejected Indian media claims of crossing Pakistan border by Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC).
In a tweet, Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor said, “No Indian soldier crossed over LOC.”
The military spokesman added, “Indian media claim is continuation of their self defeating projections to satisfy domestic audience.”