MUZAFFARABAD: In a bid to muster the support and to inform them the Kashmir situation, Pakistan Army arranged a visit for defence attachés of six key countries. They visited the restive Line of Control (LoC) in AJK on Friday (23rd February) to get first-hand knowledge about the situation in the wake of incessant ceasefire violations what Pak Govt claims by Indian troops.
The visit took place in Rawalakot sector of Poonch district, where Indian shelling has caused several civilian casualties in recent weeks. They were informed that even the same day, on Friday, a man was killed and at least four others were injured as Indian troops continued ceasefire violations.
The casualties occurred in Nakyal sector of Kotli district, where shelling began at about 5:30pm, Assistant Commissioner Waleed Anwar said. “They used mortar and airburst shells, apart from small arms,” he said. The shelling stopped at about 9pm, leaving Muhammad Farooq, 48, killed in Dharoti Naari village, he added. In the same village, Zeeshan, 18, Mohammad Sabir, 60, and Mohammad Naseer, 48, sustained injuries while 12-year-old Shams Aftab was wounded in Datote village. They were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital in Kotli, he said.
Defence attachés of the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Turkey and Indonesia were briefed about the Indian atrocities, including targeting of civilians.
The diplomats interacted with victims of ceasefire violations to learn about their sufferings, the ISPR said, adding they were also apprised about the activities undertaken by Pakistan Army to provide relief to the AJK population.
According to Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, AJK’s senior minister, the so-called professionalism of Indian army had plunged to new lows, as they were regularly sniping at innocent and unarmed men, women and children in AJK.
He cited the killing of a 23-year-old labourer in Hajira sector of Poonch district on Thursday, a boy in Khuiratta sector of Kotli district on Feb 19, and a school van driver in Hajira sector of Poonch district on Feb 15, as the most recent “naked examples of bloodthirstiness” of Indian troops.
He maintained that targeted killings of civilians were aimed at frightening the otherwise fearless and resilient population of AJK. Such horrendous acts, he said, constituted terrible crimes against humanity and necessitated immediate intervention of the United Nations and big powers.
Meanwhile, German Ambassador, Martin Kobler visited CMH Sialkot and met injured patients due to ‘Indian state terrorism’ through continued Cease Fire Violations (CFVs). Meanwhile, Bulgarian Defence Attache Lt Col. Dobrin Atanasov met National Security Adviser Lt. Gen ® Nasser Khan Janjua and discussed the ongoing situation in Kashmir.
Both of them also discussed overall situation, implementation of various measures to tackle terrorism and its outcome. Nasser Khan Janjua presented him a shield to Bulgarian defence attaché at the meeting.