Ceasefire violations: Forces fully ready to respond to Pak provocation; India tells UN
UNITED NATIONS: India and Pakistan have sparred at the
UN over ceasefire violations along the LoC with India making it clear that its
armed forces are “fully ready” to respond to “provocation”. India also said
that the onus of creating a positive environment for normalisation of relations
is on Pakistan.
War of words between the two countries over the
situation at the Line of Control took place on Tuesday at the UN General
Assembly where India said that it was a “matter of deep regret” that Pakistan
violated the ceasefire, in which eight people were killed and several others
“It is a matter of deep regret that Pakistan has
violated the ceasefire and their unprovoked firing has led to loss of civilian
lives on Indian side…Firing on innocent civilians by Pakistan will only hamper
normalisation of relations.
“The onus of creating a positive environment is on
Pakistan which is utterly failing to do so,” senior official at the Indian
Mission to the UN, Devesh Uttam said on Tuesday in his right of reply to
Relatives of Rajesh Kumar, who was killed in mortar
shell firing allegedly from the Pakistan's side, weep inside their residential
house at Masha da kothe village, in Arnia Sector. (Source: AP photo) Relatives
of Rajesh Kumar, who was killed in mortar shell firing allegedly from the
Pakistan’s side, weep inside their residential house at Masha da kothe village,
in Arnia Sector. (Source: AP photo)
The Indian official stressed that everyone must be
“assured” that India’s armed forces and paramilitary forces are “fully ready
and they will respond to provocation”.
The Indian diplomat was responding to comments made by
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Masood Khan when he raised the
issue of Jammu and Kashmir during the 21st plenary meeting of the General
Assembly here on Tuesday.
Khan said that long-standing festering issues “cannot
be swept under the carpet,” reiterating Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s
address to the UN General Assembly last month that the core issue of Jammu and
Kashmir has to be resolved through negotiations and in accordance with the
wishes of its people.
Voicing concern over the recent escalation of the
ceasefire violations along the LoC by Indian security forces, Khan called on
the Indian Government to immediately cease fire to preserve tranquillity at the