–ISPR DG briefs the visiting dignitaries on Indian ceasefire violations, situation in occupied Kashmir
ISLAMABAD: A delegation of foreign diplomats, defence attaches and representatives of international organisations visited the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between Pakistan and India stretched along Kashmir, on Thursday.
The delegation included diplomats, attachés and representatives from Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Union, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Greece, Australia, Iran, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Poland, Uzbekistan, Germany, Switzerland, France, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan, as well as representatives from the United Nations World Food Programme.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar told the foreign diplomats that there had been some 2,333 Indian ceasefire violations and unprovoked firing incidents across the LoC during 2020 leaving 18 civilians martyred, 185 injured.
He said that the Indian Army was deliberately targeting the civilian population with heavy weapons, which was a violation of international law, whereas the Pakistan Army being a professional army only targeted the military posts.
Major General Iftikhar said that India was firing indiscriminately on the civilian population to increase provocation in an attempt to divert the global attention from the oppression in the Illegally Occupied Kashmir (IOK). India, he added, was committing grave human rights violations in IOK and had increased ceasefire violations on the LoC since 2014.
The ISPR DG noted that India used cluster ammunition on innocent civilians in the Neelum Valley on July 30 and 31. International bodies, especially the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR), had highlighted Indian oppression in their various reports, he added.
Major General Iftikhar said that the Kashmir issue needed to be resolved in accordance with the United Nations (UN) resolutions.
Pakistan, he said, had always welcomed the visit of the United Nations Military Observer Group for Pakistan and India, international media, and diplomats to any area of the LoC and provided them access to the local population to assess the ground situation themselves.
He highlighted that, on the contrary, India had never given access to anyone to visit the LoC, however, even the UN military observer group was not allowed by India to visit IOK or the areas across LoC. India had detained journalists and members of the international media for covering the situation in the IOK, he added.
The diplomats took stock of the violations of the ceasefire agreement by the Indian Army on the Line of Control. The delegation also met the victims affected due to Indian firing.