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Nafees Zakariya

‘India violated ceasefire agreement 90 times this year,’ FO claims

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria has said that India has committed more than 90 ceasefire violations in 2016.

“During 2016, India violated ceasefire more than 90 times. This must stop,” he said in a Twitter message on Monday.

“India had been the main hurdle to maintaining regional peace. It kept vitiating the atmosphere through blame games, hostile statements and propaganda in order to malign Pakistan and serve its domestic agenda.

“During the 2014 provincial assembly elections, India violated ceasefire agreement more than 200 times,” Zakaria said.

The spokesperson claimed that Pakistan has “never violated the ceasefire agreement”, and that ceasefire violations have always been misreported by Indian media.

“Pakistan believes in a peaceful neighbourhood and it had always responded to firing initiated by India at the LoC,” he said.

Pakistan and India have locked horns over Kashmir since Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahedeen Commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces in July.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.