Pakistan exposed Indian government lies with evidence
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has invited the entire diplomatic corps to visit the Line of Control on Tuesday and inspect the areas hit by Indian troops over the weekend.
The Radio Pakistan quoted diplomatic sources as saying that invitations have been extended to heads of missions of all embassies in Islamabad to visit Jura, Shahkot and Nousehri sectors along the LoC and observe the ground situation.
Indian forces used mortars and artillery to intentionally target civilians in these sectors, which resulted in martyrdom of five civilians and one Pakistan Army solider. Some houses, shops and vehicles were also damaged. Pakistan’s border troops responded befittingly and killed nine Indian soldiers besides destroying two bunkers.
The invitations are extended in response to “a total lie” of the Indian army chief’s claim of hitting “terror launch pads” in Azad Kashmir, and Islamabad has summoned Indian Charge de affairs Gaurav Ahluwalia to prove the claim of his army chief before the foreign diplomats. Just a day ago, the Indian diplomat was conveyed a strong protest by the Foreign Office over the unprovoked ceasefire violations.
A statement issued by the FO, SA & Saarc Director General Dr Mohammad Faisal said “The Indian occupation forces, along the LoC and Working Boundary, have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy calibre mortars, and automatic weapons.”
“Heinous Indian targeting of civilians is a typical attempt by India to divert international attention from the humanitarian nightmare in IOJ&K [Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir],” it added.
As for the targeting of “so-called launchpads”, Pakistan called upon the five permanent United Nations members, or P5, to press New Delhi for proof and concrete information.
Islamabad also conveyed its willingness to arrange a visit of P5 diplomats to the alleged locations “to expose Indian falsehood”.
“The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” the FO statement read.
Dr Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement, investigate the numerous incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the agreement and maintain peace on the LoC and Working Boundary.
He also urged the Indian side to permit the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to perform its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.