Pak. accuses India of targeting civilians

Published - July 08, 2017 10:07 pm IST - Karachi

Jawans during a patrol at the  LoC  in Poonch .

Jawans during a patrol at the LoC in Poonch .

A statement issued by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations, the PR wing of the Pakistan military, on Saturday said Indian troops had resorted to unprovoked firing in Chirikot and Satwal sector.

“Pakistan Army effectively responded to Indian unprovoked firing of small and heavy weapons including mortars across the LoC. Two individuals embraced shahdat while three citizens were injured,” the statement concluded.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh was summoned to the Foreign Office after the incident and Director General (SA & SAARC) Dr. Mohammad Faisal condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations resulting in shahadat of two civilians, (a 22-year-old girl in Satwal village and a man in Tetri Note village) and injuries to three others.

A statement issued by the Pakistan Foreign Office accused India of deliberately targeting civilians, which is deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.

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

The Army said soldiers at the LoC gave a “befitting reply” to Pakistani fire.

The fresh firing forced villagers on the LoC to stay away from their fields all day. Many civilians had to move to safer locations, a local official said.

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