New Delhi: India on Sunday said it had conveyed to Pakistan its concerns over the rising instances of unprovoked firing along their common border, in violation of a 2003 ceasefire agreement, that was aimed at facilitating the infiltration of terrorists. This year, there were more than 2,000 such incidents of unprovoked firing so far that targeted Indian civilians, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
New Delhi had conveyed its message to Pakistan through diplomatic channels, Kumar said.
“We have highlighted our concerns at unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces, including in support of cross border terrorist infiltration, and targeting of Indian civilians and border posts by them," he said.
“This year they have resorted to more than 2050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died," he said.
“We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC (Line of Control) and the International Border. Indian forces exercise maximum restraint and respond to unprovoked violations and attempts at cross border terrorist infiltration," he said.
The LoC is the de facto border between the parts of Kashmir that India and Pakistan administer.
Kashmir had seen the imposition of restrictions on movement of people and communications since early August before India revoked Article 370 of its constitution and integrated the region more closely with the rest of the country. Most of the curbs have now been removed, Indian officials say. Last week, Indian national security advisor Ajit Doval has said that the removal of all restrictions was dependent on Pakistan.
“We want all the restrictions to go, but it depends on how Pakistan behaves. It's a stimulant and response situation," Doval had said on 7 September.
"If Pakistan starts behaving, terrorists don't intimidate and infiltrate; if Pakistan stops sending signals through its towers to operatives, then we can lift restrictions," Doval had said.
Meanwhile, a Reuters report from Islamabad on Sunday said that Pakistan had summoned an Indian diplomat a day earlier after it said firing by Indian forces across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed territory of Kashmir killed a 40-year-old woman from Balakot.