It is the first time, Pakistan claimed to suffer the wrath of Indian Army in which its 7 soldiers killed and many injured. As per Pak army, it was just another ceasefire violation by Indian Army at Bhimber sector near the LoC, late last night.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quoted by saying this incident as “unfortunate” and claimed that “Indian forces have been escalating tensions at LoC to uselessly divert attention from grave human right violation in Kashmir”. In a strong tweet directed at Indian authorities, Nafees Zakaria, Spokesperson for Pak’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that he condemn continuous unprovoked firing and added that Pakistan army has been responding in a “befitting manner”. Due to the escalated tensions at LoC and over the alleged killings of the seven Pakistan soldiers, Pakistan’s foreign ministry has summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale.
— M. Nafees Zakaria (@ForeignOfficePk) November 14, 2016
Maryam Aurangzeb, State Minister for Information has strongly protested against these killings of soldiers and said that they are keeping an eye on the situation; he also quoted that “We will give a befitting response to Indian atrocities. If India crosses its boundaries they will be at loss.”
Tensions have increased to boiling point between both of the two nuclear-armed states after the killing of a Kashmiri separatist/terrorist Burhan Wani by Indian forces in July this year. Kashmir in under the curfew and protests have been in news since then, Pakistan has raised concerns at the global forum regarding the handling of protests by Indian army however it has not able to succeed in getting international support on the matter.
In the wake of surgical strikes by Indian Army and BSF claiming to kill more than 7 Pak rangers, this is the first time that Pakistan has admitted that it suffered causalities due to the strikes by Indian Army. Indian authorities have been regularly claiming about Pakistani Army’s violation of ceasefire and atrocities at border area, and recently more than 10 Indian soldiers were martyred during the unprovoked firing by Pak rangers including much civilian casualties in border area. Last week, Pakistan Foreign Office mentioned that from alleged Indian shelling, the civilian death toll has risen to at least 25 in the past few weeks. This back-and-forth claiming of ceasefire violation has led to increased tensions near border area and deterioration in the pace peace-keeping process.