Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned “unprovoked” ceasefire violations on the LoC by India and rejected as “baseless” the Indian Army’s claim that it had carried out “surgical strikes” inside the country.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement that its “armed forces have given and will continue to give a befitting response to any aggression”.
“Pakistan also rejects the baseless claim that Indian armed forces carried out surgical strikes into Pakistan. The Indian side has chosen to share this falsified claim with the Indian media,” it said adding that the alleged ceasefire violations were “continuation of a pattern of unprovoked violations committed by Indian forces”.
“Such falsified, concocted and irresponsible statements can only escalate the already fragile security situation in the region, especially in the wake of the Indian brutalities and war crimes in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said.
It said India has deliberately escalated tension at the LoC in order to divert attention from the continued deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir and “horrendous Indian brutalities” there.
It said India was trying to “make a fool of its own people and the international community”.
“We can assure India that any such aggression will not go unanswered or unpunished. Pakistan is ready to defend its people and territory from any Indian aggression or Indian state-sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil,” it said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said that India was trying to destroy peace in the region by “fanning jingoism”.
In a statement, he strongly condemned India’s cross LoC firing and urged India not to put regional peace at risk.
The president said “people of Pakistan and armed forces are one in defending the motherland” adding the “armed forces are fully prepared to respond to any aggression”.
(With inputs from PTI)