India on Thursday rejected Pakistan’s allegations of ceasefire violations by Indian Army along the International Border as false and baseless. In a statement to the media, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup insisted that India’s security forces don’t initiate nor violate ceasefire, they only retaliate. “Two-thirds of ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year have taken place in the last five weeks,” added Swarup. MEA also termed Pakistan’s allegation against certain Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad as ‘baseless and unsubstantiated’.
“We completely reject baseless and unsubstantiated allegations made by Pakistan against certain officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. Indian officials falsely implicated were working in fields of promoting people to people and trade, economic contacts between the two countries,” Swarup told the media.
MEA has also urged Pakistan to desist its failed policies, which has led to its diplomatic isolation. Speaking on India’s NSG bid, Swarup said,”We have lodged our application for NSG, now members will take a decision on it. We interacted with China on this matter as well.”
On Wednesday, India had summoned Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner in Delhi and conveyed its “grave concern” as well as strong protest at the recent escalation in incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan on border which have resulted in several fatalities on Indian side.
“Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today. He was conveyed the government’s grave concern and strong protest at the recent escalation in the incidents of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan side at the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB), which have resulted into several fatalities and casualties on the Indian side among civilians and security forces personnel,” the ministry had said.