30 civilians killed in recent LoC violations by India: Sartaj

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ISLAMABAD: (Parliament Times)  Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said at least 30 civilians including women and children have been killed during recent Line of Control (LoC) violations by India.

Addressing the Senate, he said Pakistani forces respond in a befitting manner to Indian LoC violations, saying an Indian submarine also violated Pakistan’s territorial integrity.

Adviser on Foreign Affairs has said Pakistan is ready to resume meaningful dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding issues including the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir through comprehensive and composite talks.

He informed the House about the steps taken in light of the guidelines and recommendation sent by Senate Committee. He called for an urgent restoration of back channel talks with India.

Sartaj said Pakistan has also welcomed UN Secretary General’s offer to use his good offices to resume dialogue between the two countries. He said Pakistan is committed to respect the understanding reached between the two countries in 2003 to observe the ceasefire on LoC.

He said India has committed over three hundred ceasefire violations in this year alone and our forces are giving befitting response. Sartaj Aziz said India is trying to divert world attention from the atrocities being committed in Occupied Kashmir by increasing escalation with Pakistan.

He said voices are also being raised from within the Indian society against Narendra Modi’s extremist and anti-Pakistan policies. The adviser said the international community including the OIC is taking notice of grave human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir.

Sartaj said OIC has also requested the Indian authorities to allow its fact-finding mission on human right violations in the held valley but New Delhi is not allowing that mission.

He said Pakistan wants peace in the region and fighting terrorism. He said there is no room for non-state actor using Pakistan’s soil against any country. He said India cannot revoke Indus Water Treaty unilaterally.

The House will now meet again tomorrow at 2pm.

For nearly three months now, Indian forces have been violating the ceasefire agreement along the LoC and the Working Boundary. The aggressive posturing and continuing unprovoked fire by India has resulted in martyrdom of a number of Pakistani civilians and military troops.

Pakistan has repeatedly protested against the border violations on the diplomatic level, while the Pakistan Army and Rangers have also been responding to the Indian firing and shelling in a befitting manner.