Pakistan govt to hold NSC meet over firing at LoC on Friday

In order to hold discussion on the ongoing fierce gunbattle between Indian and Pakistani troops at Line of Control (LoC) in J&K, the Pakistan government will convene a meeting of the National Security Committee on Friday.

Islamabad: In order to hold discussion on the ongoing fierce gunbattle between Indian and Pakistani troops at Line of Control (LoC) in J&K, the Pakistan government will convene a meeting of the National Security Committee on Friday.

The meeting is scheduled to be held October 10 at 10:00 am.

According to Dawn, an English daily from Pakistan, the committee is expected to meet this week in Islamabad with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair.

Moreover, along with the top military leadership, the PM’s adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Information Minister Pervez Rashid will attend the meeting on Friday.

Pakistan on Tuesday accused India of rejecting its efforts to preserve tranquility at the border and asked India to give peace a chance by "restraining" its forces.

Expressing deep concern over the situation along the Line of Control (LoC, Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz said, the "Indian government has not been able to restrain its forces despite strong diplomatic protest by Pakistan."

"We call upon Indian government to immediately cease fire and shelling and help us preserve tranquility," he said in a statement.

So far, seven persons have been killed and nearly 70 injured in the escalation since October 1 with over 16,000 people migrating to safer areas in these districts.

There have been over two dozen ceasefire violations along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir since October one.

(With Agency inputs)

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