Pakistan summons Indian envoy to condemn ‘unprovoked’ firing

Pakistan summons Indian HC to condemn 'unprovoked' firing

Pakistan today summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to “deplore” the increasing Indian ceasefire violations at the LoC after the death of seven Pakistani soldiers, warning that India’s “belligerent” attitude may lead to a “strategic miscalculation”.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry summoned the Indian High Commissioner this afternoon and condemned the “unprovoked ceasefire” violation by the Indian forces on the Line of Control (LoC), resulting in the death of 7 Pakistani soldiers in Bhimber area.

The Foreign Secretary deplored the increasing Indian ceasefire violations at the LoC and the Working Boundary, especially in the last two months, a statement said.

He emphasised that this belligerent attitude of Indian occupation forces was a serious threat to the regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation, the statement added.

The Foreign Secretary asked the Indian High Commissioner to convey to his government that it must stop the provocative firing and observe the ceasefire.

Pakistan is pursuing a policy of restraint, which should not be construed as a sign of weakness, the statement quoted him as saying.

He underlined that the Armed Forces of Pakistan do not initiate fire, but will always respond in a befitting manner, if fired upon, the statement said.

It is for the second time in a week that Pakistan has summoned Indian High Commissioner.

Pakistan on November 10 summoned Bambawale to the Foreign Office to protest over alleged ceasefire violations and use of artillery by the Indian forces.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asserted that his country is “fully capable” of defending its territory against “any aggression”.