ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday said India was close to completing 100 violations of the ceasefire along the Line of Control this year.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said India had violated the decade-old ceasefire agreement more than 90 times during 2016.

“India again resorts 2 (to) unprovoked firing at LoC; during 2016 India violated ceasefire more than 90 times. This must stop,” he tweeted.

Pakistan and India struck a ceasefire agreement over Kashmir in November 2003. There have been periodic violations of the agreement, but the incidents during the past week have been the most serious.

The LoC refers to the military control line between parts of Kashmir - a line which, to this day, does not constitute a legally recognized international boundary but is the de-facto border.

Originally known as the Cease-fire Line, it was re-designated as the ‘Line of Control’ following the Simla Agreement, which was signed on July 3, 1972.

The part under Indian occupation is known as the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The two parts, affiliated with Pakistan, are known as Gilgit–Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir.

The Indian Line of Control fencing is a 550 kilometre barrier along the disputed LoC. The fence, constructed by India, generally remains about 150 yards on the Indian-controlled side. Its stated purpose is to “exclude arms smuggling and infiltration.”

The construction of the barrier began in the 1990s, but slowed in the early 2000s as hostilities between Pakistan and India increased. After a November 2003 ceasefire agreement, building resumed and was completed in late 2004.

Pakistan has criticised the construction of the barrier, saying it violated both bilateral accords and relevant United Nations resolutions on the region.

Zakaria said Pakistan was a victim of Indian interference and subversive activities, which were designed to destabilise Pakistan.

He said Pakistan had effectively raised Kashmir issue at international fora and voices of Kashmiris were now being heard at every forum. The spokesman said India had been making attempts to divert attention of the world from Kashmir issue.

Earlier, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said India was misleading his BRICS and BIMSTEC colleagues.

“The Indian leadership is desperately trying to hide its brutalities in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir where innocent people are being killed and injured by the occupation forces daily with impunity,” he said reacting strong to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s allegation that Pakistan was the ‘mothership of terrorism.’

International Relations expert Dr Huma Baqai said India was creating a war-like situation by resorting to violations along the LoC.

“The world can now see who wants war and who wants peace. We are showing patience as we do not want the region to fall into destruction,” she said.

Dr Baqai said India must stop the LoC violations to ensure calm in the region for the sake of millions of people living on both sides of the border.

Lt-Gen Abdul Qayyum Khan (r) said India was putting the regional peace at risk by almost daily firing along the LoC. “These exchanges of fire could explode into war which would not be beneficial for any side. India must show sense,” he said.

Khan said Pakistani forces had always retaliated to Indian firing but never violated the ceasefire.