Sartaj accuses India of border escalation

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan in a letter to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has blamed India for the current escalations along the disputed border, which has resulted in casualties of civilians, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.


Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz in the letter said persistent shelling and firing by Indian forces has resulted in heavy civilian casualties on the Pakistan side.


“During the period 1-10 October, 2014, 20 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and 22 violations along the Working Boundary were reported, resulting in 12 civilian casualties, 52 injured civilians and 9 injured military personnel on the Pakistani side.”


“From June to August 2014, there were 99 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and 32 along the Working Boundary. In all, during 2014, 174 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and 60 along the Working Boundary have been reported,” he said in a letter.


India also says Pakistani is shelling its areas which has killed and injured dozens of civilians.


Aziz said while exercising its right to self-defence, Pakistan has exercised utmost restraint and responsibility in responding to these provocations.


“The Government of Pakistan sincerely hopes that better sense would prevail on the Indian side to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control,” the adviser said.

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