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Pakistan under pressure to put an end to border firing

Jammu: As tensions along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir escalate, sources claim that after India's aggressive stand, the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan is under tremendous pressure to find a solution soon.
The Pakistani Prime Minister is scheduled to hold a high level meeting of the National Security Council on Friday to discuss the border situation and decide their next move.

The Pakistan Rangers apparently, did not expect the level of retaliation shown by the BSF. India's deployment at the International Border is also two times as that of Pakistan. 

However, Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif claimed that their Army is fully capable of responding to any Indian aggression. He also added that Pakistan does not want to convert border tensions into a nuclear confrontation. 

While India has been blaming Pakistan for aggression along the border, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam Khan strongly condemned the "unprovoked aggression of India against Pakistan both at LOC and International Border." 

Tasnim claimed that Pakistan never started the violations on its own but "if there is aggression by India, we respond to it. We are already doing that and will continue. We did not start it so we will not stop it," she warned adding that if India continued with the firing, they too, will not stay silent.

However, as civilians continue to suffer on both sides, the question is whether Pakistan's security meet on Friday can provide a window to both sides to de-escalate the raging tension.

Earlier on Thursday, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley denied any possibility of talks with Pakistan until unprovoked firing by them is put to an end. Border Security Force Director General DK Pathak met the Home Secretary Anil Goswami on Thursday to discuss ceasefire violations.

BSF sources also say Pakistan started the firing soon after India defeated their team in Asiad Hockey recently.

Meanwhile, for the first time in ten days, it has been relatively calm along the International Border as no fresh incidents of heavy firing or shelling overnight were reported on Friday. However, intermittent light weapon fire has been reported from a few areas in Samba and RS Pura where a few BSF posts were targeted. 

Pakistan started firing at Indian BSF outposts and border villages 8 days ago in which 8 people have died so far and more than 50 have been injured. The BSF and local administration have asked civilians to stay away from the border areas. It has provided buses to evacuate border villagers to safer places. Schools in Rajouri have also been shut. 

Source:IBN Live

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