NEW DELHI: Even as the US voiced concern about the constant firing on the Line of Control(LoC), India maintained a studied silence, letting the guns at the border give a response amid Pakistani attempts to escalate the issue. On Monday, Islamabad’s Foreign Office spokesperson had lodged a “strong protest” with Indian High Commission. This was escalated to a statement by the Pakistani Foreign Affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday, who said that India was not showing any cooperation.
Pakistan also complained to the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan about the alleged ceasefire violations by India. Meanwhile in Washington late monday, the US voiced at the continuous firing on the LoC. “Well, we are concerned about any violence along the Line of Control. We continue to encourage the governments of India and Pakistan to engage in further dialogue to address these issues,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. Meanwhile, as the Army continues to retaliate, there is total silence on the Indian diplomatic front -- a deliberate policy to let the guns provide the answer.
There is a perception that Pakistan may continue to escalate the matter, to draw India into issuing a tit-for-tat verbal response. This would again put the international focus on India-Pakistan dispute, especially after Modi had returned from a visit to the US which had rolled out the red carpet for him.