ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider strongly condemned what he called the “unprovoked fire” by Indian forces on his civilian helicopter near the militarised Line of Control (LoC) in Haveli district on Sunday and said it was against the rules of engagement.
All on the chopper including Haider, his two ministers, pilot and two other staff members, escaped unhurt.“The Indian forces’ act was against the diplomatic norms, rules of engagement and morality. They did not give us any warning,” he told Arab News on Monday.
Haider said that unprovoked fire on the civilian helicopter was a tactic used to raise tensions in the area, which is already stressed.“The international community needs to tell India that any misadventure on the LoC will threaten the peace of this region,” he said, “because the LoC is an active border and the situation is already tense.
“The two ministers were with me in the chopper and we were in our own airspace, when Indian forces fired on us,” Haider said.
“The President of Pakistan (Arif Alvi), leader opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, and People’s Party central leader Khurshid Shah spoke to me and said they would raise this issue in Pakistan’s National Assembly,” Azad Kashmir Prime Minister said.
The President of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, said in a statement from his office late on Sunday that “such acts by the Indian forces will not intimidate our leadership and civilians in their struggle toward ascertaining the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people living under the oppressive Indian rule in the occupied territory.”
He added: “This act displays India’s insecurities and has exposed their aggressive posturing and warmongering.”
Leader of the opposition in Pakistan’s National Assembly and President of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Shahbaz Sharif also condemned the firing on Haider’s helicopter. “India wants to hide its oppression on Kashmiris through such incidents. Pakistan will continue 2 stand by the people of Occupied Kashmir in their just struggle for right to self-determination,” he tweeted.
National Assembly (NA) has passed a resolution to condemn the Indian firing at helicopter of Raja Farooq Haider. The resolution strongly condemned the incident and said the Indian army opened fire on a civilian helicopter carrying AJK premiers and his two ministers within the air space of Azad Kashmir which is a violation of International law.
The AJK prime minister was reportedly travelling on a white helicopter to offer condolences on the demise of an acquaintance when his helicopter was shot at near Turwari. The firing incident comes a day after Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi warned India of a strong response if it acts upon the so-called doctrine of ‘limited war’ against Pakistan.