Pakistani forces responded effectively to Indian aggression

MUZAFFARGARH (Dunya News) - At least five Pakistani civilians including two women were injured in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday. Foreign Office summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh and condemned the aggression directed from across the border.

Indian forces targeted civilian settlements in Khui Ratta, Kerala, and the Khanjar sector in Bhimber district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir around 7:00am today, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.

Subzkot, Kot Kotera, Baroh and Tandar areas were also targeted. The Indian aggression resulted in injuring three innocent civilians, including two women. The three Injured people were Haji Muhammad Younis s/o Abdul Aziz, Rehana Bibi w/o Muhammad Asif and Samina Begum w/o Tufail Mughal.

Pakistani forces effectively responded to Indian aggression, hitting several check posts on the other side of the border.

The LoC ceasefire violation was committed by India two days after the Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. J.P. Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian occupation forces in the night of 10th and 11th May, 2017, on the LoC in Tandar, Subzkot, Khuiratta, Baroh, Bagsar, Khanjar sectors, resulting in the martyrdom of one civilian Muhammad Rizwan and injuries to 2 others including a lady in Subzkot and Khuiratta sectors.

“The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” the Foreign Office stated in a press release.

The Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations and instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence in 1947, two of them over the Muslim-majority Himalayan region of Kashmir which they both claim in full but rule in part.

Clashes between their forces in Kashmir largely stopped after a 2003 ceasefire but exchanges of fire have been more common over the past couple of years.