On Wednesday, a soldier was killed after Pakistani troops opened fire at an Army patrol along the Line of Control in Keran sector. In response, Lieutenant General Bhat, however, reiterated that Indian forces didn't target civilians.
Pakistani military accused Indian border forces of killing at least six civilians, including two women during "unprovoked" shelling and firing along the eastern border between the two nuclear-armed countries.
Quoting the Pakistan Foreign Office, the newspaper said that the acting foreign secretary urged the Indian envoy to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement and investigate the rising number of violations.
As India pinned down Pakistan in United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Pakistan's Director General of Military Operations - officer who heads all military operations - Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza called up his India counterpart Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Bhatt today for urgent talks.
On the occasion, Pakistan's acting Foreign Secretary Aitzaz Ahmed the deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and worldwide human rights and humanitarian laws. We are a professional Army and reserve the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident leading to loss of life of our troops, the Indian DGMO also said. In recent months, in the backdrop of heightened tensions between Indian and Pakistan troops along the border, the use of the hotline between the DGMOs has become fairly frequent. The 745-km LoC has seen a spike in ceasefire violations in the past one year and it is normal for both sides to blame each other for starting the firing.
He reaffirmed the sincerity in the efforts of Indian Army to maintain peace and tranquility along the LC provided there was a reciprocal effort from Pakistan.
The Army sources said that it was a sniper attack carried out from across the de-facto border as the area was calm till this incident took place.