RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army has strongly rejected Indian claims of targeting civilian population across the Line of Control in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
The accusation was made by Indian Director-General Military Operations Lt Gen AK Bhatt (DGMO) during special hotline contact on Thursday with Pakistan DGMO Major Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza, which was made on the request of the Indian Army.
Indian DGMO accused Pakistan of deliberately targeted civilian villages and school children who were being evacuated from the area which was vehemently denied by Pakistan.
“Pakistan Army is a professional force and considers it absolutely unethical to target the civil population more so when our own Pakistani Kashmiris live across,” said a statement by Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor.
“Pakistan Army targets only those Indian posts which initiate firing on innocent civilians.”
One Pakistani soldier and civilian were martyred on Wednesday and at least five other were injured when Indian force opened fire in Nezapir, Sabzkot and Kayani sectors. Pakistan Army also claimed to have killed five Indian soldiers.
On June 16, one soldier was martyred and four others were injured after falling in the River Jhelum after Indian forces opened fire at their vehicle in Neelum Valley along the LoC.