ISLAMABAD -  Terming the deliberate escalation of tension at the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian forces a serious threat to regional peace, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged the United Nations to take notice and save the situation from further aggravating.

The prime minister expressed these views after taking a briefing from his adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, while chairing a high-level meeting regarding the deteriorating situation at the LoC at the PM House on Tuesday.

Aziz gave a detailed view to the prime minister on the situation at LoC and the response of the government after the latest unprovoked Indian firing that led to the death of seven Pakistani soldiers in Bhimber area. 

The adviser also briefed the prime minister on the increased frequency of indiscriminate firing and shelling from the Indian side targeting civilian populated areas.

The adviser said that the recent incidents of firing by the Indian forces had resulted in the death of 26 civilians and injuries to 107, including women and children, in complete violation of the 2003 ceasefire and the international law.

While expressing profound grief and extending heartfelt condolences to the families of the dead, the prime minister stressed that Pakistan was exercising maximum restraint in the face of Indian violence, which should not be misunderstood as weakness.

“Pakistan cannot be bullied by such tactics as we are fully capable of defending our soil against any belligerence,” underlined the prime minister.

The prime minister said that deliberate escalation of tension at the LoC by the Indian forces was a threat to regional peace and security.

"It is also a futile attempt of the Indian authorities to divert the world’s attention from the worst kind of atrocities they are committing against defenseless and innocent people of the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK)," he said.

The prime minister urged that the UN must take notice of the ceasefire violations on the LoC and the unwarranted escalation of tension between the two countries.

"Our armed forces do not initiate fire but will always respond in a befitting manner to any aggression," he said.

The prime minister was also briefed on the Pak-US relations in the backdrop of recently held presidential elections in the United States.

Reaffirming to further strengthen bilateral relations, the prime minister said that Pakistan and the US enjoy strong and strategic partnership spanning over a period of seven decades.

"Pakistan looks forward to closely working with the newly-elected government for realisation of peace, security and prosperity in the region and beyond,” he said.

General (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua, Tariq Fatemi and other senior government officials were also present during the meeting.

Later in the evening, while talking to media persons in Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz said India was increasing escalations along the border to divert attention from its internal affairs.

The adviser said Pakistan was apprising the international community about Indian provocation along the LoC and the Working Boundary.

He said that various countries were exerting pressure on India to refrain from increasing tensions with Pakistan.

He said Islamabad was fully committed to ceasefire agreement with India, but New Delhi was not fulfilling its commitment.

The adviser said Pakistan would continue responding effectively to India's provocation at the LoC.

He said, “our army is fully capable of responding effectively to any Indian aggression.”

To a question, Sartaj Aziz said that he would go to India to attend heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan.

He said that decision to have a bilateral meeting with Indian side would be taken on New Delhi's request and according to the situation.

The adviser said India had damaged the multilateral process of the SAARC due to bilateral relations.

He said, “we want to prove that we are with the multilateral process by attending heart of Asia conference as Afghanistan is our top priority.”

To another question, he said Pakistan was also in contact with the transition team of the US President-elect Donald Trump.

He said Donald Trump's attention would be drawn to get the Kashmir issue resolved for lasting peace in the region.