Pakistani High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit in an interview to CNN News18, reacted to India’s retaliation across the line of control (LoC) and said that there was nothing in it to brag about. Basit said that the attacks established two things, the first being the “centrality of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute” between India and Pakistan. He said that if at all anything happened in Nowshera today, it only established how important it was for both countries to sit across a table and resolve the long-standing dispute. And secondly, despite the 2003 ceasefire, the Line of Control remained volatile and it was important to ensure that such things do not happen. CNN News18 reported that the Pakistani army posts that were attacked today had been allegedly helping infiltrate terrorists across the border.
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On being asked about how India was supposed to resolve the matter through dialogue when terrorists were being pushed through the LoC, Basit denied the fact and said that this was India’s version and that he had not received any such reports. He said, “As far as terrorism was concerned, Pakistan did not need to create a volatile and destabilising situation on the LoC, because we have many other things to do”. Basit said that from what he was seeing on Indian TV news channels, it seemed to him that this was an unprovoked case of ceasefire violation by India. He said that Pakistan only retaliated to what came from the Indian side. It was important to have a third party, a party from the United Nations to hear both sides out, without which both sides would just blame each other, he added.
However, at the start of the interview, Basit denied receiving any reports about the attack by Indian forces and then said that he does get reports from Pakistan. However, since, he has not received any such information, he could not say if these reports of retaliation were true or not. He said that he was in no position to comment on the matter. Furthermore, he said, it only reinforced Pakistan’s contention that both countries needed to resolve these issues peacefully and politically.