ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday said at least 40 civilians have died and 138 others injured in Indian ceasefire violations at the working boundary and Line of Control (LoC) since July 2016, ARY News reported.
“India has carried out ceasefire violations at the working boundary and LoC for 330 times between July and December last year – including 290 violations at the LoC and 40 at the working boundary,” he said while addressing the Senate in Islamabad.
He also admitted that the frequency of the violations have been reduced after December. He said the violations were effectively responded by the armed forces of the country.
The defence minister said these violations were reported to United Nations Military Observer Group at the Line of Control and Working Boundaries to appraise the UN for investigations. He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also raised the issue at the international diplomatic and bilateral levels.
He said India also claimed to carry out surgical strikes which turned out fake.
“If India tried to make any effort to carry out surgical strikes in future these will be responded with full force and they will forget to carry out even faked strikes in future,” he said.
He was speaking on a motion moved by member of Senate Sehar Kamran regarding the situation arising out of the continuing Indian violations of the Line of Control and ceasefire on the Working Boundary, which has resulted in the loss of precious lives of Pakistanis.
Khawaja Asif said India is also afraid of Pakistan’s success in fight against terrorism. He said Pakistan’s success has been recognized by the world and world bodies. He said the valiant armed forces of the country have successfully eliminated the terrorists and their sanctuaries from the country.
The minister for defence also said that Pakistan would continue political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination.
He said the India is making failed attempts to link the Kashmir freedom movement with cross border infiltration and terrorism. He said India’s this campaign has failed at the diplomatic fronts.
Speaking on the motion, the senators on this occasion strongly condemned the ceasefire violations by India on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
The members described the violations as cowardice act by the Indian forces. They said that India is also involved in such violations with other neighbouring countries including Nepal and Bangladesh. They said that killing of the innocent people is leading towards instability in the region. They said that the evil designs of Indian government should be highlighted at all the international fora.
The Senate today passed a resolution unanimously condemning the statement of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attributing terrorism to Pakistan and drawing a parallel between India and Israel evoking a parallel between Kashmir and Palestine, during the recently held BRICS Summit in Goa, India.
The resolution moved by Sehar Kamran appreciated the reaction of international community to this baseless propaganda by the Indian prime minister.
It said that the statement made by the Indian premier was an effort to divert the attention of the international community from the Indian atrocities against the people of Occupied Kashmir.
The resolution reiterated that there will be no compromise on the sovereignty and defence of Pakistan and our resolve to fight against terrorism and contribute towards bringing peace and harmony in the world.