Pakistan firing at LOC, violated cease fire agreement

Islamabad (PTI): India on Tuesday voiced its concerns over several incidents of firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control, following which Islamabad gave an assurance that it is committed to maintaining the ceasefire along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Both sides made it clear that they attach great importance to the ceasefire and they want to make it hold,” Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said after talks with his Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir.

India has been concerned by the recent incidents of firing on its soldiers from across the LoC. There have been three such incidents since May 8, and an Indian soldier was killed in trans-LoC firing on Monday.

The Pakistan Army has denied its troops had fired on the Indian forces.

The matter was taken up at the meeting here on Tuesday between Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan to review the composite dialogue process.

Menon said the matter had also been taken up by the Directors General of Military Operations of the two countries and both sides are committed to maintaining the ceasefire which came into force in November 2003.

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