Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today warned that Pakistan will not tolerate “deliberate” targeting of civilian areas by Indian troops, a day after the Pakistani military claimed 12 people, including soldiers, were killed in alleged cross-border firing. Sharif, presiding over a meeting with civil and military leaders, said Kashmir was an “unfinished agenda” for Pakistan and the country would not stop pursuing the issue, Geo News reported.
He claimed Pakistan has so far exercised restraint in the face of Indian actions at the Line of Control, but would not permit deadly attacks on innocent civilians. “We will not tolerate the deliberate attack on innocent civilians,” Sharif said.
His statement came a day after 12 people, including three soldiers, were killed in alleged Indian cross-border firing. India’s response came after the Indian Army warned of “heavy retribution” following the killing of three of its soldiers, with the body of one of them mutilated in a cross-LoC attack.
Pakistan denied as “false” and “baseless” its troops were responsible for the mutilition and deaths of Indian soldiers.
Today’s meeting with Sharif was attended by Advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, National Security Advisor Nasser Janjua and ISI chief Gen Rizwan Akhtar.
Aziz, Janjua and Gen Akhtar briefed Sharif regarding the situation across the Line of Control.