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Pakistan claims over 1,300 ceasefire violations by India on LoC in 2017

India maintains that the UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after Simla Agreement and consequent establishment of LoC

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Army soldiers patrol near the highly militarized Line of Control dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Pallanwal sector, about 75 kilometers from Jammu
Army soldiers patrol near the highly militarized Line of Control dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Pallanwal sector, about 75 kilometers from Jammu

on Friuday claimed committed over 1,300 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control this year, killing 52 of its nationals.

Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal said at the weekly briefing that repeatedly raised its concerns about the "hegemonic conduct of India", including the unprecedented escalation of ceasefire violations in 2017.

"In 2017, more than 1,300 Indian ceasefire violations, the highest ever in the recent past, have resulted in 52 deaths and 175 were injured. We have consistently stressed that Indian aggression is a threat to regional peace and tranquillity," he said.

He said that in order to ensure peace and tranquillity on the LoC, the mandate of UNMOGIP is crucial.

maintains that the UN Military Observer Group in and (UNMOGIP) has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control (LoC).

He again alleged that India by its firing on the was attempting to "deflect the attention of the international community from the continuing Indian atrocities against Kashmiris".

The spokesperson said Pakistani nationals in Afghanistan were cautioned to exercise extreme vigilance as off-late senior professionals working in different fields have been kidnapped.

He termed the statement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo of safe havens in Pakistan as "unwarranted", as Pakistan's position was clear that there was no place for militancy in the country.

"We have also stated that having cleared the entire FATA (tribal region) through effective counter-terrorism operations, the intelligence-based operations will continue throughout the country in our own interest," he said.

He said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was currently a bilateral project but there was potential for participation of third countries and investment opportunities.

He said any decision regarding the participation of third countries will be based on bilateral consultations.

First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 20:30 IST
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