ISLAMABAD - Pakistan urged India to allow the United Nations military observer group to visit the Line of Control that divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region to investigate the recent ceasefire violations.

Pakistan and India accuse each other of violating the 2003 ceasefire as the current escalations along the LoC and Working Boundary have caused casualties on both sides. Pakistani officials say 12 people have been killed in Indian shelling since Monday. India says eight people have been killed and nearly 60 injured in Pakistani shelling.

Foreign Office Spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam said that Pakistan took the UN observers to its side of the Line of Control and Working Boundary few days ago to show them the damage and pattern of fire carried out by the Indian side.

"The observers would have compiled a report and sent to the UN as per the practice," the spokesperson said at her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Friday.

She said the UNMOGIP is a neutral observer and the best option for India is to allow the observers to visits it part of the LoC to assess the situation. "Its investigation and recommendations should be acceptable to India as the Indian side so they can give their findings."

She dispelled the impression that Pakistan has started shelling along the LoC and said any motive could not be ascribed to Pakistan.

"We are only responding to situation created at the LoC. We have not escalated the situation or violated the ceasefire," Ms Aslam said.

"On the other side of the Loc there are our Kashmiri brothers. We are taking great care of civilian casualties. Fire is returned from where the fire comes."

"The Pakistani spokesperson said India has escalated the situation. By escalating the situation at the LoC, Pakistan cannot be brought to negotiations," she said, adding that India has cancelled the scheduled foreign secretary-level talks in August.

"We do not speculate about the reasons of the escalation at the LoC. Advocacy of right of self determination of Kashmiris is Pakistan's responsibility and commitment. We have done it in past and would continue to do so," the spokesperson said.