Britain and Pakistan to increase trade, security ties

Britain and Pakistan to increase trade, security ties

Ambassador Lodhi told United Nations officials that escalating tensions on the Line of Control was a deliberate attempt by India to divert the attention of the global community from the gross human right violations being committed by the occupation army in Indian held Kashmir.

Swarup further said that the government protested the targeting of 18 villages along LoC between 16 and 21 November by the Pakistan Army and raised concerns over the continued attempts of infiltration.

Headlined "Aftermath of Indian Army's punitive fire assault: Pak DGMO requests for unscheduled talks on hotline", the report said that Pakistan's restraint would lead to normalcy along the Line of Control.

India had vowed to retaliate after the body was found, and on Wednesday the two sides blasted away at each other across the Line of Control, the latest in a series of violent exchanges in recent weeks.

The Indian military also shot at rescue workers in an ambulance trying to reach the wounded, added Pakistan. At least 10 civilians also were killed, witnesses said.

The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India spoke to each other on Wednesday as tensions flared in the aftermath of deadly clashes on the LoC.

In India, army spokesman colonel Nitin Joshi said an intense exchange of fire was underway between the two sides.

At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan is deeply concerned over the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir as well as its targeting of civilians on the LoC. He did not specify if the attack was carried out by Pakistani soldiers or rebels against Indian rule in the region.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Army on Wednesday violated ceasefire in Balakote sector of Poonch district. This is the second such incident of mutilation of the body of an Indian soldier in the same sector since 28 October.

Pakistan will not tolerate India's shelling of civilians across the Line of Control separating Pakistani- and Indian-controlled Kashmir, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Thursday.

Tension over the Himalayan region has run high since a September cross-border raid on an army base killed 19 Indian soldiers, prompting what New Delhi called retaliatory "surgical strikes" against Islamist militants in Pakistan.

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