Pakistan fears another war with India as clashes at borders reach highest point in 15 years

Pakistan fears another war with India as clashes at borders reach highest point in 15 years

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has been fearing a war with India for the last two years amid New Delhi’s aggression, officials said.

India had never responded positively to Pakistan’s efforts to improve the ties since the 2016 killing of Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani.

“India is responsible for a war-like situation [with Pakistan]. They have been the aggressors but are playing as victims. For the last two years, Pakistan has feared a war with India due to their excesses,” said one official.

He added: “Whatever contacts we had with India during this tense period, we urged them to stop violating the ceasefire agreement but every time they escalated the tension. We are in contact with the influential countries to stop India from crossing the limits. A war would ruin the whole region.”

Reports said the cross-border clashes between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India had reached the highest levels in 15 years.

Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in the clashes instigated by India.

The Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary had remained relatively peaceful after the 2003 ceasefire agreement but India violated the deal numerous times in the recent months, prompting response from Pakistan.

Pakistan claims 1,970 violations in 2017 against 168 two years earlier, and 415 until the beginning of March 2018.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought three wars since gaining independence from the British in 1947.

The two regularly trade allegations of harassment and espionage against diplomats.

Lately, Pakistan is active to de-escalate tension with India as Islamabad plans to host a group of Indian doctors to treat Indian prisoners detained here.

India had proposed that a group of 20 doctors be allowed a visit to Pakistan to examine women, children, elderly and mentally-unsound prisoners.