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Pakistan opposes alleged Indian bunker construction near border

Islamabad: Pakistan today objected to alleged construction of bunkers by Indian troops close to the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir in violation of a 2010 agreement.

Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that under a 2010 agreement, both the countries cannot build such structures within 500 meter of the either side of IB between Indian Kashmir and Pakistan's Sialkot district.

"India is constructing new bunkers, which is a violation of the agreement," she said.

She alleged the Indian troops were using the fire as a cover to engage in illegal construction which is not acceptable to Pakistan.

She said that Pakistan was observing restraint in response to Indian firing to avoid damage inflicted on the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). She said Pakistan has highlighted issue of unprovoked Indian firing at the United Nations and other world forums and it was now UN's responsibility to make its United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) more effective to deal with the ceasefire violations.

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