Communication channels open to Indian military: Pak army
The Pakistan army on Thursday said all communication channels with the Indian military, including the hotline, are open.
Lt Gen Asim Bajwa, Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said:”The Indian forces violated the Line of Control by fire and, then few hours later, they made a false claim about surgical strike across the Line of Control. We did check everything on ground and we found the claim was absolutely false.”
Following the Uri attack and surgical strikes, India and Pakistan has been alleging each other of escalating tensions in international platforms, including the United Nation’s General Assembly.
“What we see is that there is more intensified firing along the LoC, and of course, when there is more fire, the situation does escalate. The environment also escalates when there is more rhetoric and more statement and more pronouncements” by the Indian side, Bajwa told China’s state-run Xinhua news agency.
The general further added that at least two Pakistani soldiers have been killed while nine injured in the Indian firing over the past week.
The army spokesperson, however, emphasised on the importance of resolving the current tension through dialogue.
He said contacts between Pakistani and Indian armies are maintained, confirming that the Director Generals of the Military Operations have talked over the phone after the “start of the cross LoC firing”.
“All communication channels including the hotline between the two militaries are open,” he said, adding that the UN Military Observer Group in Pakistan and India also monitors the situation and reports to its headquarters.
India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, with the Army saying it had inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.
The surgical strike came few days after the attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir that killed 19 soldiers.