New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday called an urgent meeting with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Manohar Parrikar to review the situation in the wake of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Villagers living close to the border showed journalists bullet marks and gaping holes made by Pakistan mortar shelling on their houses.
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan T C A Raghavan was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry to lodge a strong protest over airspace violation at Banchirian Sector near Bhimber.
In the last four days the Indian Army claimed to have killed two militants and foiled two attempts of infiltration from the Pakistani side of the Line of Control, which separates the divided Kashmir.
“The spy drone is used for aerial photography”, a statement from the Pakistani military said on Wednesday, reported BBC.
Jaishankar said that the drone that Pakistan has alleged to be Indian was in fact not of Indian design, or the kind the Indian armed forces use.
During the Pakistan ceasefire violation the woman lost her life was identified as, Poli Devi, 42, a resident of Akhnoor sector. The next day, his advisor Sartaj Aziz says something else that without talks on Kashmir the relations between the two countries can not move forward.
‘Drone Not Of Indian Make’.
Indian military denies any drones have been shot down or crashed.
The Foreign Secretary also registered the government’s concern over helicopter maneuvers near Line of Control (LoC) on 11 July 2015, terming it “an offensive and threatening posture”. Earlier on July 9, an Indian BSF soldier was killed in northern Indian-held Kashmir in cross-border firing.
Sharply reacting to the developments, he said that besides giving a befitting response to Pakistan, the Modi must apologise for “compromising and diluting” India’s case for bringing perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks to justice. “This matter was also taken up with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi“, the source said. This will be Mr Modi’s first visit to Pakistan after he took power a year ago.
India is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility in the region but will give a befitting reply to Pakistan if it does not stop unprovoked firing and on the border. India’s army rejected that allegation, saying none of its drones “crossed into the Pakistani side”.