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Pakistan will not tolerate targeting of innocent civilians Nawaz

Pakistan will not tolerate targeting of innocent civilians: Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday, a day after Indian troops killed 10 civilians in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) said during a high-level meeting that Pakistan will not tolerate India’s ‘deliberate targeting’ of civilians and ambulances.

“We cannot tolerate deliberate targeting of innocent civilians particularly children and women, the ambulances and the civilian transport,” the Prime Minister stated.

He added, “Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint despite the continuing ceasefire violations from the Indian security forces along Line of Control (LoC).”

A day earlier, Indian troops resumed heavy shelling after a day-long lull and targeted a passenger bus in AJK’s Lawat area, killing nine people and injuring 11 others.

Indian troops also fired at an ambulance which went into the area for evacuation, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

A total of 10 civilians and three Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and at least 18 others injured in firing by Indian forces yesterday.

The meeting paid rich tributes to the slain soldiers of the Pakistan Army and deplored the belligerent targeting of the ambulance which was rescuing the affectees of the attack on the bus, as a blatant violation of International Humanitarian Law, a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The meeting reviewed the situation along the LoC and called upon the international community to play its active role in diffusing the deteriorating security situation along the LoC which has been deliberately escalated by the Indian side, the statement said.

The meeting agreed that India is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the international community “from the grave human rights violations, massacres and atrocities being committed by the Indian security forces against the innocent and defenceless of IHK,” according to the statement.

“Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of the partition; we will never abandon our Kashmiri brethren in their freedom struggle,” the prime minister said during the meeting.

“The world in general and India in particular should know that Pakistani nation will never abandon their Kashmiri brethren and will continue to support them in their just and UN mandated freedom struggle,” the statement said.

The prime minister was briefed by Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence Rizwan Akhtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and National Security Adviser Lt. General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua on the prevailing situation along LoC.

Courtesy : Dawn News

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