Ceasefire violations: Congress urges Govt. to maintain India’s security

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Expressing concern over the repeated ceasefire violations along the border, the Congress Party on Thursday urged the BJP-led government at the Centre to ensure that the nation’s security is maintained.

“Why are we talking about the ceasefire violations that have taken place in the last 24 hours? In the last one year, more than 1000 ceasefire violations have taken place,” Congress leader R.P.N. Singh told ANI here.

“I understand that it is a long drawn process and the government must work under accordingly. Whenever you wish you start talking, whenever you wish you stop talking, this kind of petty politics does not work. We will appeal to the government that it works to ensure that India’s security is maintained. Whatever help it needs, the entire country will stand by it,” he added.

Singh further acquiesced to the Indian Army which has denied allegations relating to the ‘spy’ drone which was fired by Pakistan Rangers at the BSF outposts in Jammu.

“The Indian Army had denied it to be our drone. If the Army has denied it, why should we not agree to it?” he said.

Pakistan earlier today summoned India’s High Commissioner to Foreign Office in Islamabad and lodged a protest over air space violation by an alleged Indian “spy” drone near the Line of Control and “ceasefire violation”.

According to the statement issued by the Foreign Office, High Commissioner TCA Raghavan was called by the Foreign Secretary, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to lodge the protest over air space violation at Banchirian Sector near LoC yesterday.

The Indian Army as well as the Indian Air Force, however, denied that any of their drone has been shot down or crashed.

Days after the two Asian neighbours agreed to re-engage, fresh strains surfaced in the ties on Wednesday after the Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire twice by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in the Akhnoor sector. (ANI)

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