Firing along LoC indicates Indian forces' frustration due to failure in occupied-Kashmir: ISPR

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DG ISPR Major General Asif said India is continuously targeting innocent citizens of Pakistan.

RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday has termed increasing Indian forces’ firing along Line of Control (LoC) as thier frustration due to failure in occupied Kashmir.

In a statement, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor has vowed to always give befitting response to the Indian aggression along the LoC.

He said that India is deliberately targeting innocent citizens of Pakistan with unprovoked firing. However, proper steps will be taken for the protection of the locals, he assured.

The reaction came after a 26-year-old man named Nouman Ahmad was martyred, whereas nine other civilians, including women and children sustained critical bullet wounds in Danna, Dhddnial, Jura, Lipa, Shardda and Shahkot sectors along the LoC.

Chinese nationals evacuated to safety

Pakistani officials evacuated more than 50 Chinese nationals working near the Kashmir frontier, authorities said on Wednesday, after skirmishes with India killed at least three people and injured dozens.

The Chinese were working on a dam being constructed in Pakistani Kashmir along the confluence of the Neelam and Jhelum rivers when firing pushed authorities to move the workers late Tuesday, according to Akhtar Ayub from the local disaster management authority.

Another local official Raja Shahid Mahmood said the decision was made after Indian security forces fired a volley of "indiscriminate fire that killed three people including a woman and a child and wounded 31 others during the last 24 hours".

Following the incident, Foreign Office (FO) summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and lodged a strong protest over indiscriminate ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces.

South Asia and SAARC Director General Dr Mohammad Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.

He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

The latest incident comes after US President Donald Trump Trump triggered a political fiasco in India last week by claiming during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that Indian leader Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate in the Kashmir dispute.

This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations.