ISLAMABAD, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) — Pakistan’s top security adviser on Tuesday urged India to ceasefire immediately with Pakistan along the disputed border as clashes between the two troops claimed lives of 10 civilians on both sides.
Officials said that four civilians were killed on Monday and one woman died and nine injured along the Working Boundary on Tuesday. Pakistani military Tuesday lodged protest with the UN observers group over Indian firing.
The escalation has caused serious concerns in Pakistan and Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, called for an immediate ceasefire.
“We call upon Indian government to immediately cease fire and shelling and help us preserve tranquility,” Aziz said in a policy statement.
Expressed his deep concern over the escalation of violations of the cease-fire at the Line of Control and Working Boundary by the Indian security forces, he said the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been exercising utmost restraint and responsibility..
Pakistan and India had declared ceasefire in 2003 and guns had relatively been silent since then. Exchange of fire, however, took place time to time. Both accused each other of violation.
The Monday’s fire exchange was considered as the heaviest as nine people from both sides were killed, almost all civilians.
“Cease fire at the Line of Control and the Working Boundary must be preserved in the larger interest of the region and the peoples of the two countries,” the Pakistani adviser said.
He said Pakistan has often called for making full use of the channels available like hotline between Director Generals of the Military Operation of both countries and Sector Commanders’ meetings.
“Unfortunately, all our efforts to secure peace and tranquility on the Line of Control and the Work Boundary have elicited no cooperation from the Indian side.”
He said Pakistan has extended a hand of friendship to India. However, with abrupt cancellation of foreign secretary level talks, the Indian side has shunned all the country’s peace overtures. “We hope that the Indian side would give peace a chance.”
Aziz said the UN military observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) must also be enabled to play its due role in monitoring ceasefire to secure peace and tranquility on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
“For seven days now, the Indian security forces have been firing and shelling across the Line of Control and Working Boundary,” the Pakistani diplomat said.
He said on Monday was the Muslim festival Eid day but the Indian forces, “in complete disregard of the festive event, carried on the fire and put four innocent lives to death.”
He said the Eid day when Muslims celebrate the spirit of sacrifice, the “Indian forces played havoc with the lives of four families” whose dear ones were killed.
“It is sad that the Indian government has not been able to restrain its forces despite strong diplomatic protest by Pakistan. ”