ISLAMABAD – Strongly rejecting Indian allegations of ceasefire violations, Pakistan on Saturday suggested India to hold an urgent meeting of the Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) in order to discuss the situation and halt firing along the working boundary and the Line of Control (LoC) in the divided state of Jammu Kashmir.
“Director General of Military Operations should meet immediately to discuss ways and means to stop the current spate of firing along the working boundary,” said Sartaj Aziz, adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs. “Pakistan is also sending a proposal to India for the (army-level) meeting,” he told a private TV channel.
Expressing concern over the unprovoked Indian firing inside Pakistani territory and some parts of Azad Jammu Kashmir, Sartaj said that the issue was affecting bilateral ties and peace in the region. Rejecting Indian allegations of sending militants via the tunnel and operating from the Pakistani side, he said if India has any evidence it should share (that evidence) with Pakistan as indulging in blame games wouldn't help.
He recalled that the last meeting of the military-level between Pakistan and India helped in normalising the situation along the Line of Control and the working boundary and would be helpful again. Earlier today, firing by the Indian Border Security Forces along the working boundary killed at least two people, including a woman, and injured four others in Sialkot.
In Charwa and Chaparral sectors of Sialkot, heavy weapons and mortar shells were fired early in the morning. Chenab Rangers retaliated and the exchange of fire continued till 7am. Official sources said that the unprovoked firing by the Indian troops on the working boundary near Sialkot has been continuing for the past several weeks.
“Today (Saturday) again, Indian armed forces resorted to unprovoked firing in Chaparral and Harpal sectors on the working boundary near Sialkot which resulted in the death of two civilians, a woman and a 60-year-old-man,” a Pakistan Army official said. “Intermittent exchange of fire is still continuing at this moment,” he said.