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Indian forces continue cowardly attacks on civilians along LOC

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India has continued its aggressive attitude at the Line of Control (LOC). In the latest incident, Indian forces attacked a van carrying school children in the Battal sector, in violation of the Geneva Convention & ceasefire understanding of 2003.

Indian troops started unprovoked shelling across the LOC and terrorized innocent civilians including children residing along the area.

ISPR posted a message on Twitter where Major Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted, “Indian unethical and unprofessional approach across Line of Control continued terrorizing civilians as the van driver embraced Shahadat when the Indian forces opened unprovoked fire on the school children van in Battal sector”.

Even though Pakistan has summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner a number of times to record a protest over such incidents of CFVs across the LOC, Indian forces still continue terrorizing the civilians living along the region.

According to the statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO), Indian forces deliberately targeted a school van carrying children on the Battal-Madhapur road, resulting in the Shahadat of the driver of the van, Mr. Sarfaraz Ahmed, leaving the school children severely traumatized.

Along with the message, pictures of the martyred with his bloodstained van were also shared. Moreover, Major General Asif Ghafoor also shared a video in which a female student who was sitting inside the school van targeted, described the Indian terrorism.

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Pakistani Army also retaliated and gave the aggressors a befitting reply. According to yet another tweet by ISPR, Pakistan Army destroyed the post of Indian Army in Tatta Pani (Hot Spring) sector, which was responsible for targeting the innocent citizens.

Pakistani Army killed five Indian soldiers and many were injured in the retaliation. The video showing the attack on the Indian post was also shared on Twitter by ISPR.

CFVs have become routine along the LOC and despite the ‘2003 ceasefire agreement’ between the two countries to halt the firing along the LOC, regular firing incidents have killed hundreds of people. 

Following the incident, Foreign Office Spokesperson (FOS) Dr. Mohammad Faisal summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to condemn continuous ceasefire violations (CFVs) by the Indian army along the (LOC).

Moreover, Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack and expressed concern over the escalation of such incidents resulting in deaths of innocent civilians.

While talking with the private news channel, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider also condemned the cowardly acts of the Indian army and urged the United Nations (UN) to take notice of such atrocities inflicted against innocent Kashmiri people.

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In this year alone along the Line of Control, India has violated the ceasefire 150 times which has resulted in the martyrdom of 9-civilians, injuring another 40. Over the span of the last five years, starting from January 1st, 2013, a total of 66 civilians have embraced Shahadat and 228 have sustained injuries due to CFVs by the Indian forces, according to the Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan.

India has continued its unprecedented CFVs from 2017 when Indian forces committed 1,970 CFVs. Since, independence from Britain, Kashmir is claimed by both countries and has been the cause of two of their three wars.

He said, the Indian army is purposely targeting the civilians along the border and the Pakistan Army has been responding befittingly against the Indian aggression. According to FO, in 2018 alone, Indian forces have carried out more than 335 ceasefire violations along the LOC and the Working Boundary, resulting in 14 civilian casualties, injuring 65 others.

India has continued its unprecedented CFVs from 2017 when Indian forces committed 1,970 CFVs. Since, independence from Britain, Kashmir is claimed by both countries and has been the cause of two of their three wars.

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CFVs have become routine along the LOC and despite the ‘2003 ceasefire agreement’ between the two countries to halt the firing along the LOC, regular firing incidents have killed hundreds of people. 

Even though Pakistan has summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner a number of times to record a protest over such incidents of CFVs across the LOC, Indian forces still continue terrorizing the civilians living along the region.

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