Defence attaches of six countries visit Line of Control

Islamabad: Defence attachés of six key countries visited the restive Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Friday to get first-hand knowledge about the situation in the wake of continuous  ceasefire violations by Indian troops. The visit took place in Rawala­kot sector of Poonch district, where Indian shelling has caused several civilian casualties in recent weeks, said an ISPR statement.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, attachés  of the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Turkey and Indonesia were briefed about the Indian atrocities, including targeting of civilians.

The diplomats interacted with victims of ceasefire violations to learn about their sufferings, the ISPR said, adding they were also apprised about the activities undertaken by Pakistan Army to provide relief to the AJK population.

Pakistan summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh on Friday for the fourth time in a month to condemn “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops across the LoC.

The Pakistan Foreign Office alleged that Indian forces have carried out over 335 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the international border in 2018, resulting in the deaths of 15 civilians and injuries to 65 others.
The Foreign Office claimed that Indian forces committed more than 1,970 ceasefire violations last year.

Even on Friday, One man was killed and at least four others were injured as Indian troops continued ceasefire violations, an official said. The casualties occurred in Nakyal sector of Kotli district, where shelling began at about 5:30pm, Assistant Commissioner Waleed Anwar told Dawn. “They used mortar and airburst shells, apart from small arms,” he said.

The shelling stopped at about 9pm, leaving Muhammad Farooq, 48, martyred in Dharoti Naari village, he added. In the same village, Zeeshan, 18, Mohammad Sabir, 60, and Mohammad Naseer, 48, sustained injuries while 12-year-old Shams Aftab was wounded in Datote village. They were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital in Kotli, he said.

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