Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif condemns 'unprovoked and naked aggression' by India along LoC

Strongly condemning "unprovoked and naked aggression" by India along the LoC, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that Pakistan's armed forces are fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of the country.

A file photo of Nawaz Sharif. AFP

A file photo of Nawaz Sharif. AFP

Sharif also warned that Pakistan's intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as its weakness, Radio
Pakistan reported.

He said Pakistan can thwart any "evil design" to undermine its sovereignty.

He strongly condemned the "unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces along the Line of Control".

Meanwhile, the Pakistan military said two of its soldiers were killed in ceasefire violation by India along the LoC on Thursday.

The Pakistani military said there were no surgical strikes by India, "instead there had been cross-border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon.

"As per rules of engagement, the same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops. The notion of surgical strikes linked to alleged terrorist bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by India."

Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations said the exchange of fire began at 2.30 am and continued till 8.00 am. "Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors," it said.

Sharif paid rich tributes to jawans who have been killed in the firing.

In New Delhi, India said it has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on Wednesday night across the LoC and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages.

DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said India shared with Pakistan army details of the surgical strikes which followed "very specific information" that terrorists were positioning themselves in the launch pads along the LoC.

Details of duration of the surgical strikes or when it was conducted or the place was not immediately given.

Pakistani troops had on Wednesday targeted Indian positions with small firearms along the Line of Control in Poonch district.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Sep 29, 2016 13:52 PM

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