India violated ceasefire 90-plus times this year: FO


Islamabad—Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakria on Monday 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 tweeted. The FO spokesperson said India had been the main hurdle to maintaining regional peace, adding that the neighbour kept vitiating the atmosphere through blame games, hostile statements and propaganda in order to malign Pakistan and serve its domestic agenda. Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan has “never violated the ceasefire agreement”, and that ceasefire violations have always been misreported by Indian media. He added that almost 90 per cent reports of Indian media, in connection with the Line of Control (LoC), were false. “Almost 90pc news being run by Indian media is misleading, baseless and fake,” the spokesperson said. Zakaria asserted that as state policy, “Pakistan believes in a peaceful neighbourhood”, adding that Pakistan had always responded to firing initiated by India at the LoC. Pakistan and Indian border troops last exchanged fire across LoC on Sunday and Monday in the Bhimber and Rajouri sectors.—INP