Not expecting improvement in Pak-India ties: Pak Foreign Minister

Islamabad: Pakistan is not expecting improvement in relations with India due to the frequent ceasefire violations by India, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said today, amid a fresh war of words over the alleged harassment of Pakistani diplomatic staff in New Delhi.

Asif’s statement comes a day after cross-border firing injured two people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Dawn newspaper reported.

“India is violating ceasefire agreement time and again on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. In such circumstances we are not expecting improvement in relations between the two countries,” Asif was quoted as saying by state-run Radio Pakistan.

Pakistan has summonned Indian diplomats here several times this year, alleging ceasefire violations by Indian forces.

Last month, the Pakistan Foreign Office had claimed that Indian forces had committed more than 190 ceasefire violations since the start of 2018, killing 13 civilians and injuring 65 others through the use of heavy mortars and automatic weapons. PTI

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