Pakistan the 'face of worldwide terror', India tells UN

Gwen Vasquez
September 23, 2017

Pakistan on Friday summoned India's High Commissioner here even as it condemned the alleged firing by Indian forces across the Line of Control, in which six Pakistani civilians were killed.

There have since been repeated outbreaks of firing across the frontier, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including to civilians.

In a statement Friday, army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said 26 people, including women and children, were wounded in what he called unprovoked Indian shelling across the boundary in the Charwa and Harpal villages, on the Pakistani side.

The resolve was expressed during a special hotline contact between Director Generals Military Operations of Pakistan and India.

"Lt Gen Bhatt reiterated that the Indian Army reserves the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident leading to loss of lives of Indian troops", it said.

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India highlighted a recent incident when Border Security Force troops fired at armed infiltrators from close proximity of Pakistani posts along the International Border near Amritsar. It was also said that no targeted firing on civilians were carried out by India.

He also discussed the issue of deliberate targeting of Pakistani civilians, residing in vicinity of Working Boundary. According to government data, 110 militants were killed by the Army between January and September past year (the surgical strikes took place on the morning of September 29, 2016).

He added that "necessary and adequate" response has been given to the Pakistani firing. The Indian DGMO also put across emphatically that the infiltration along LoC continued with "active support of Pakistani forward posts".

This year, there have been 472 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along LoC guarded by the Army. Indian violation of the ceasefire agreement along the LoC is not uncommon.

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