Pakistan Army said that there is no space for war with India but at the same time warned that its desire for peace for peace should not be taken as its weakness. The statement was made by Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistan Army, who was addressing a press conference.
Ghafoor further said that although the two nations remained in touch with each other over bilateral issues, India backed out of a dialogue. Moreover, he accused India of carrying out 1,077 ceasefire violations since the starting of 2018. He said, “The Indians have to realize and understand where they want to go (in the future)”.
Ghafoor said that owing to the agreement between the two nations required them to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire agreement, which is why Pakistan didn’t respond to Indian firing but was compelled to respond when the civilians were targeted.
Stressing on the fact that it wants to respect the truce agreement, he said if India fires the first bullet and there is no harm then we will not respond but if it fires the second bullet then we will give a befitting response. As per the reports, an elderly woman and a minor were killed while 24 others were injured in mortar shelling by the Indian forces on villages along the Working Boundary.
Interestingly, Pakistan has also been violating the ceasefire agreement and recently the Pak Army resorted to heavy mortar shelling on the International Border in Jammu. 2 BSF personnel were killed while 13 civilians were injured in the attack. This made the BSF retaliate and in turn, heavy damages were inflicted upon Pak forces.
Apparently, both India and Pakistan are violating the ceasefire agreement thereby leading to more and more retaliation and conflicts. Despite open dialogues and agreements, there’s nothing good coming out of the discussions and day by day the situation is getting worse.