Pak accuses India of targeting civilians
Srinagar: Pakistan has accused India of targeting civilians along the Line of Control (LoC). The protest was registered during the two armies’ special hotline contact, The Dawn quoted Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday.
“Indian troops are deliberately targeting innocent civilians, including children,” the Pakistani newspaper said that Pakistan’s director-general of military operations (DGMO) told his Indian counterpart. “Such deliberate actions are [a] serious concern.”
PTI reported from New Delhi Indian Army’s director-general of military operations (DGMO) told his Pakistani counterpart that “India will continue to take all retaliatory measures to respond to acts of ceasefire violation”.
In an unscheduled conversation with Lt Gen A K Bhatt over the hotline, Pakistani DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza accused the Indian forces of resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, Bhatt said retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out in response to “unabated support” provided by the Pakistan Army to armed militants, who infiltrate across the border and target Indian Army posts with heavy calibre weapons, PTI quoted from an Army statement issued in New Delhi.
The Indian DGMO said that the support provided to the militants by the Pakistan Army was the prime reason for any “collateral damage”, PTI said.
Quoting ISPR office, The Dawn said that Pakistan “clarified that the country considers people living across LoC as [sic] brethren” when the Indian side alleged that Pakistan had targeted Indian civilians along the LoC. “Pakistan Army, as a professional force, has never done this,” the ISPR said.
Hotline contact was established two days after Pakistan Army said it had shot down an Indian ‘spy drone’ along the LoC. Tensions on the de facto line continue between the two countries and repeated ceasefire violations from both sides.