Pak briefs Diplomatic Corps in Islamabad on LoC tension

Pakistan on Tuesday held a detailed briefing for Islamabad-based foreign diplomats on the tension along the border with India, as part of efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue at the international level.

PTI| Updated: Oct 15, 2014, 01:23 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday held a detailed briefing for Islamabad-based foreign diplomats on the tension along the border with India, as part of efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue at the international level.

Foreign Office said the "entire Diplomatic Corps" was invited for a briefing on the situation arising due to the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) by the Indian Armed Forces.

"The briefing included a detailed presentation by a senior representative of the Military Operations Directorate to explain the situation on-ground, the frequency and intensity of the unprovoked and indiscriminate firing and shelling by the Indian security forces since September 30, 2014, and details of civilian casualties, injuries and damage to property," the Foreign Office said.

The military officials also alleged that efforts towards restoring peace on the LoC and the WB through available means of communications were not responded to by the Indian side.

"On a few occasions of sector-level hotline contacts, the Indian side refused to acknowledge that its troops were firing, despite intense shelling on the civilian population in Pakistan, taking place at that time," claimed a statement by the Foreign Office.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Tariq Fatemi, reiterated Pakistan's policy for establishing good-neighbourly relations with India.

Referring to the positive overtures by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the previous and present Indian governments, he said early restoration of peace along the LoC and the WB was of paramount importance to the region.

"There would be no compromise on the country's core interests," the Special Assistant said.