New Delhi: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar addressed the media regarding the drone controversy, and the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control with Pakistan.
Here are the highlights of his speech:
- The National Security Advisor spoke to the Pakistan envoy twice yesterday and once today on the border situation.
- At the moment the issue for us is stabilizing the border, & our determination to protect our security.
- On 15 July, around 8:50 Pakistani rangers resorted to sniper fire along the border.
- NSA spoke to our High Commissioner in Islamabad, asking him to take up the issue with Pakistan.
- No response by Pakistan to our demarche, instead intermittent firing continued in Akhnoor sector till 16:50 hrs yesterday.
- Pakistan’s High Commissioner claimed firing had been initiated by the Indian side and a drone had been brought down.
- The NSA inquired why conversations weren’t initiated by Pakistan, if firing was started by the Indian side.
- The Pakistani government has now sought to shift responsibility of the firing to the Indian side.
- Photograph of drone in question shows it is not of Indian design or available in the inventory of the Indian Armed forces.
- The drone appears to be of Chinese design and is available off the shelf.
- We remain committed to steps that contribute to ensuring tranquility and peace along the border.
- But there should be no doubt that any unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side will result in retaliation.