Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

DGMO to Pakistani counterpart: 'Indian Army reserves right to retaliate along LoC'

DGMO to Pakistani counterpart: 'Indian Army reserves right to retaliate along LoC'

On Wednesday, a soldier was killed after Pakistani troops opened fire at an Army patrol along the Line of Control in Keran sector.

In a strong reply to Pakistan's statement at the 36th Human Rights Council Sessions, Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer Dr. Vishnu Reddy said Pakistan has been the face of worldwide terrorism. Four army men were injured and airlifted to army's 92-base hospital at Badamibagh in Srinagar. Earlier on September 10, Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza reiterated the troops' resolve to respond aggressively and effectively to any Indian miscalculation or misadventure along the border.

Major-General Azhar Naveed, a senior Pakistani military in charge of the country's border forces in the area, visited the sectors where the violence took place on Friday.

Islamabad accused the Indian troops of "deliberately targeting" civilians and termed it "deplorable and contrary to human dignity and worldwide human rights and humanitarian laws".

Mortars and automatic weapons were used by the Indian army to target innocent civilians.

He urged India to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement, investigate the latest incident and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and working boundary.

The incident occurred within the last 24 hours near the frontier dividing Indian-held Kashmir from Pakistan's Punjab province, known as the working boundary, Pakistani officials said.

On the other hand, Pakistan has claimed that there have more than 700 ceasefire violations by the Indian troops this year, which resulted in the killing of 32 civilians on their side of the LoC.

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