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Pakistan accuses India of troops build-up

K J M Varma in Islamabad

Pakistan on Friday accused India of massive mobilisation of troops on several sectors along the border and Line of Control and threatened to take 'appropriate counter measures'.

An official statement in Islamabad said Pakistan was 'deeply concerned' over reports of 'massive troop movements' by India along the Pakistan-India border in Sindh-Rajasthan sector, Chinab-Ravi corridor and along the LoC in Kashmir.

The statement said the Indian troop movements, which followed 'provocative' statements by Indian leadership would 'aggravate an already tense situation in the region'.

"Naturally, Pakistan would be obliged to take all appropriate counter measures," it added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said India should refrain from taking 'reckless' initiative, which could escalate into a war between the two countries.

He told BBC that if India violated the principles of peace and crossed the Line of Control, it would certainly lead to a response by Pakistan in defence of its unity and territorial integrity.

He said the initiative in this matter was in the hands of India.

"We can only counsel that India examine the consequences and implications of all these options with great care," he said.

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