Pakistan summons Indian diplomat, lodges ‘strong protest’ over airspace violation

Indian aggression is a threat to regional peace and stability, says acting foreign secretary

News Desk February 26, 2019
Pakistan Foreign Office. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

Hours after India’s violation of Pakistani airspace near the Line of Control (LoC), Islamabad on Tuesday summoned New Delhi’s diplomat to register ‘strong protest’.

Earlier in the day, eight aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were chased away by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets which were immediately scrambled to thwart any aggressive move by the country’s eastern neighbour, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The acting foreign secretary summoned the Indian acting high commissioner and strongly condemned the Indian violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to an official statement.

Baseless and reprehensible Indian claims of targeting a large terrorist camp and resultant causalities to placate Indian domestic audience and electioneering were also strongly rebutted.

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The Pakistani official categorically said that Indian aggression was a threat to regional peace and stability and would get a “befitting response by Pakistan at a time and place of its choosing”.

He also condemned the baseless Indian allegations against Pakistan’s involvement in the February 14 suicide attack in occupied Kashmir.

The acting foreign secretary reiterated that Pakistan’s principled position of continuing support to the peaceful political struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realisation of the right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions.

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