India Says it Raised Cross-Border Fire Issue with Pakistan Through ‘Diplomatic Channels’

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Indian and Pakistani militaries deployed along international border have traded fire in recent weeks.

India has raised through “diplomatic channels” with Pakistan recent cross-border firing incidents along the international border in disputed Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Asked about the incidents, ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told a weekly press briefing that apart from the Indian Border Security Force taking up the matter with the Pakistani side, the issue was put before Pakistan “through diplomatic channels as well.”

Bagchi also said incidents of “cross-border infiltrations” and “cease-fire violations,” are violations of bilateral agreements, and India always raise such matters with Pakistan.

In the last few weeks, Indian and Pakistani soldiers deployed along the international border in disputed Jammu and Kashmir have exchanged fire in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir.

The sides released conflicting statements blaming each other for the incidents.

India’s Border Security Force said on Thursday that overnight one of its personnel “sacrificed his life during unprovoked firing” by Pakistan on the international border in Jammu.

Following August 2019, when India scrapped the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, dozens of people have been killed and scores of others injured in cross-border firing.

In February 2021, military leaders of the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors agreed to de-escalate tension and strictly observe a 2003 cease-fire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the disputed Himalayan region between the two countries.

Source : Anadolu Ajansı