Pakistan

JAMMU: Amid border tension, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited key areas along the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday. Bajwa visited troops deployed along the LoC in Nikial sector, Pakistan Army’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. He was briefed about the ground situation by a commander.


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According to a statement by the ISPR, Gen Bajwa appreciated the high state of operational readiness, effective response to Indian ceasefire violations and high morale of troops, after army’s local commander briefed him on the prevailing situation.

The Pakistan Army denied the charge, saying such an act was against their strict values.

Moreover, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Asif Ghafoor on Twitter said that Indian Army has been targeting innocent civilians on both sides of Line of Control in the recent past.

Earlier today, Indian troops committed several unprovoked ceasefire violations across the LoC throughout Saturday, injuring six innocent civilians, including four women.

ISPR said that three people were injured during Indian firing in Baroh Sector after Nakial Sector.

The injured have been identified as 58-year-old Zamurd Begum, 35-year-old Shazia Parveen and 17-year-old Muhammad Inzimam. “Pakistani troops aggressively engaging Indian bunkers firing on civilians,” according to Pakistan Army’s media cell.

Indian border forces, without any provocation, also fired across the LoC in Karela, Kotkoterra, Khuiratta, Sabzkot, Baroh, Tandar and Khanjar sectors.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to the unprovoked Indian firing, which began at 0700 hours [on Saturday] and continues till now,” said the statement.

The civilians injured in the Indian firing, residents of Sohana village in Kotkoterra Sector, were identified as Haji Muhammad Younis, son of Abdul Aziz, Rehana Bibi, wife of Muhammad Asif and Samina Begum, wife of Tufail Mughal.

The LoC has been witnessing exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops for the last several weeks.