Pakistan won't tolerate targeting of civilians by India: Nawaz

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers take up positions at an outpost along a fence at the India-Pakistan border in R.S Pora southwest of Jammu, October 2, 2016.

Last year, at the end of a summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at Ufa in Russian Federation, foreign secretaries of the two countries had announced that the DGMOs would sit across the table to discuss military issues concerning the border.

Sharif was briefed by his foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz, ISI chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar and National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retired) Nasser Janjua on the situation along the LoC. Besides ceasefire violations, Pakistan has been able to successfully infiltrate over 100 hardcore militants till September as the government estimates about 200 terrorists are active in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a related development, Pakistan Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Thursday said Pakistan's armed forces were "not anxious about India at all".

"The world in general and India, in particular, should know that the Pakistani nation would never abandon their Kashmiri brethren and would continue to support them in their just and UN-mandated freedom struggle", he said.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan will not tolerate deliberate targeting of innocent civilians particularly children and women, ambulances and civilian transport.

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 conversation between the two DGMOs comes on a day when the Indian Army pounded a Pakistan army camp and some of the civilian areas in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir with mortars to avenge the killing of three Indian soldiers in Machhal sector.

The Indian Army launched a massive fire assault on Pakistani posts in Kashmir and Pir Panchal Valleys on Wednesday morning and Pakistan said three soldiers and four civilians were killed in the Indian firing.

There have since been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.



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