Islamabad, Aug. 22: The Pakistan National Assembly today termed the firing on the Line of Control as an “act of aggression” but called for “constructive engagement” with India — the tone of restraint echoing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s directive to diplomats and military officers.
Sharif has advised restraint over the ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir and directed the foreign ministry to avoid getting bogged down in a blame game with India.
“We need to build confidence so that there are no misunderstandings and the recent directive of the Prime Minister is in line with our policy of restraint and responsibility,” a senior government official told The Telegraph.
In the second resolution on India after one adopted last week, the Pakistan National Assembly deplored the firing on the Line of Control that killed a captain and called for a “result-oriented process of engagement” with India.
The English daily, The Express Tribune, quoted sources as saying that Sharif had told army chief Ashfaq Kayani his government did not want any escalation of tensions along the LoC.
Kayani did not mention the tensions or the Kashmir dispute in his address at the Pakistan Military Academy on the eve of the country’s 67th Independence Day.
On Monday, Indian defence minister A.K. Antony, warned Pakistan that his country was running out of patience with repeated ceasefire violations on the LoC. However, official sources said the Sharif government had decided not to respond.
Today, Islamabad summoned India’s high commissioner, T.C.A. Raghavan, to protest the killing of a Pakistani soldier in firing along the LoC, the second time an Indian diplomat has been called by the foreign office in as many days.