Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Thursday said, Pakistan’s armed forces are ‘not worried about India at all.’

Speaking at the 9th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) a day after three Pakistan Army men were killed exchanging fire with Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC), the chief of air staff said, “We are not worried about India at all, it is better if they show some restraint.”

Aman called on India to resolve the Kashmir issue, saying, “They should speak on matters of principle and our ties will improve.”

Pakistan and India on Wednesday exchanged threats as tensions between the two neighbours flared in the aftermath of deadly clashes on the LoC that left 13 people dead on the Pakistani side, including three troops, due to Indian shelling.

Indian troops on Wednesday shelled civilian populations almost all along the LoC in Azad Jammu and Kashmir after a daylong lull and hit a passenger bus, leaving 10 civilians dead and 21 others injured. Three army personnel also lost their lives in an exchange of fire across the LoC, officials said.

These are the heaviest civilian killings in a single day over the past 13 years since India and Pakistan signed a ceasefire agreement in November 2003.

The major incident took place in the Neelum valley, where shelling started at 3am, but intensified after sunrise, according to Jamil Ahmed Mir, Superintendent of Police in Neelum.