ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is very disappointed with violations by India along the Line of Control (LoC) shortly after his meeting with Narendra Modi in Ufa on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit where the two leaders pledged to promote peace.

“The prime minister has always been optimistic about improvement in ties with India, but the timing of the ceasefire violations (by India) is very irritating. The premier still wants to continue efforts for peace, but he is visibly disappointed with New Delhi,” a close aide of the prime minister told The Nation.

“The meeting in Ufa between PM Sharif and Narendra Modi was quite positive and had given us a hope. We summoned their envoy last day to protest the LoC violations and tell them that this was not the way to resume dialogue,” he added.

The PM’s aide said Sharif had been holding meetings in the last few days – first to discuss his meeting with Modi and then to talk about the India defiance. He said Pakistan will be forced to take the issue at the international forum if India does not stop ceasefire violations.

“Though disappointed, the PM still believes war cannot be an option and in the end the issues will b resolved through dialogue,” the close aide said.

Commenting on the situation, Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq said India was interfering in the Pakistani territory, which cannot be beneficial for the efforts to resume the dialogue process.

“Indian behaviour towards Pakistan is totally unjust and unfair and now the world has also realised that India is playing a negative role in the region by interfering in Pakistani territory,” the senator said.

He added, “Pakistan always tries to cultivate peaceful relations with all its neighbours, including India, and proves itself as a good neighbor.” He said the Pakistani forces were fully capable of stopping the Indian aggression on borders besides countering its conspiracies inside the country.

The PML-N leader said India was unhappy over the historic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which will bring huge investment of $ 46 billion to Pakistan.

“India is increasing tension on borders and also creating unrest in Pakistan to stop this project, but it will badly fail this time,” he remarked.

Defence analyst Air Marshal Ayaz Ahmed Khan said the ceasefire violations by India will affect the efforts to ensure permanent peace in the region. “The atmosphere of peace created by the recent meeting between Sharif and Modi has been affected negatively due to airspace violations by India,” he added.

Khan observed, “It is a grave provocation by Indian armed forces. A peaceful environment of the region is being destroyed by such actions. Our incumbent government has responded well to Indian provocative actions. India is trying to be a spoiler in the region, but Pakistan as well as international community will not let Indian nefarious designs to succeed.”

PML-N Senator Abdul Qayyum Khan, a retired Lt-general, said, “India has committed a serious violation of LoC, which it has been doing since long.” He said it was a clear example of intervention in the sovereignty of another country. “Pakistan should improve its relations with India at diplomatic level, but it should compete with New Delhi at military level. We should highlight the drone issue on international forums. We should depict India’s true picture in front of the global community,” he maintained.

On Thursday, Minister of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt-Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch (r) said Pakistan wants good relations with India based on equality, but will retaliate provocative action of New Delhi more vigorously.

He claimed that Pakistan has solid evidence of involvement of Indian intelligence agency in terrorist activities in the country especially in Balochistan. The minister said the issue would be highlighted on every forum of the world.