ISLAMABAD: Senior Pakistani and Indian military officials spoke Tuesday by hotline after days of intense cross-border firing in the disputed region of Kashmir heightened tensions.
Pakistan’s military said Tuesday it had voiced concern at continued Indian firing across the disputed frontier.
“A routine weekly hotline contact was established today between directors of military operations of Pakistan and Indian armies,” a senior military official said in Islamabad on condition of anonymity.
“Pakistan army’s director of military operations conveyed concern to Indian counterpart and pointed towards India’s consistent unprovoked firing on civil population living along the Line of Control and the working boundary.”
More than 12 people have been killed and 54 others injured in Indian firing along the LoC and Working Boundary over the past two weeks. Unprovoked Indian firing has triggered an exodus of people from the villages near the LoC and Working Boundary.
Clashes occur regularly along the Line of Control, as well as along the working boundary.
The latest shelling began over a week ago, and while its intensity has lessened since Friday Pakistani officials say firing has continued.
Pakistan said Friday that both countries shared a duty to defuse the situation, while India’s foreign ministry maintained that “de-escalation is now entirely in Pakistan’s hands”.