|Arthur Dominic Villasanta |||Nov 12, 2016 03:43 AM EST|
(Photo : Indian Army) Soldier at the LoC.
Pakistan told the five Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council it is acting with restraint in the face of India's increasingly violent and deadly attacks and bombardments of Pakistani civilians and its military forces defending its side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.
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Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry assailed the Indian Army's increasingly frequent use of heavy weapons (artillery pieces) along the LoC, warning that India's wanton disregard for maintaining the peace might lead it to make a "strategic miscalculation."
He slammed the unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations by the "Indian occupation Forces" in Indian-occupied Kashmir over the past two months. Kashmir is a Muslim majority state co-administered by Pakistan and India.
Aziz said Pakistan is alarmed India is now using heavy weapons against Pakistani civilian areas for the first time in 13 years.
By heavy weapons, Aziz apparently meant Indian Army 105 mm howitzers that have traded fire with Pakistan Army howitzers since this month.
The Indian Army on Nov. 5 admitted to firing the howitzers for the first time at Pakistan but said the big guns were used to destroy four Pakistan Army positions in revenge for the beheading of an Indian Army soldier, allegedly by Pakistani Special Forces troops.
"Pakistan has been compelled to respond but with maximum restraint," said Aziz. "The Armed Forces of Pakistan gave a befitting response."
Aziz also told the Head of Missions of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council (the United States, United Kingdom, France, China and Russia) visiting Islamabad that India isn't cooperating with the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that supervises the UN-brokered ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.
That ceasefire was provided for by the Karachi Agreement signed July 27, 1949 establishing a ceasefire line in Kashmir supervised by UN military observers.
Chaudhry said Pakistan was seriously concerned over the increased frequency and duration of indiscriminate firing by Indian military forces, and their deliberate targeting of villages and civilian populated areas.
Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said indiscriminate Indian shelling and machine gun fire has killed 26 Pakistani civilians and injured 107 others. It gave no figures for the number of casualties suffered by the Pakistan Army in its clashes with the Indians.
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