Four Indian soldiers were killed and two Indian check posts were destroyed by the Pakistan Army on Sunday, after the deaths of seven people caused by unprovoked Indian shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the Pakistan Army confirmed on Monday.
Pakistani general and director of the army’s media wing Asif Ghafoor tweeted “…Indian forces targeted innocent civilians along the LoC. Indian guns silenced effectively.”
“Pakistan Army stands by the innocent civilian population against unprovoked Indian ceasefire violations and would continue to respond befittingly to this naked aggression,” he added in another tweet.
Pakistan and India declared a ceasefire along the LoC in 2003. However, both routinely accuse each other of violations.
The Army also reiterated its resolve to “protect [the] civil population against unprovoked Indian aggression” at any cost.
The ISPR also released a video purporting to show the two Indian army posts being destroyed.
In utter failure to cap remembrance of Wani’s shahadat, Indian forces targeted innocent civ along LOC. Indian guns silenced effectively! pic.twitter.com/qOoAtVvCIg
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 9, 2017
On Saturday, July 8, the first death anniversary of famed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Indian troops had resorted to heavy shelling in different areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir from across the LoC. At least five civilians, four of them women, were reported killed and 10 others injured in the shelling incidents, the highest death toll in a single day in many months of cross-border violence.
According to officials at the State Disaster Management Authority, the latest casualties pushed the number of those killed in AJK in Indian shelling during the ongoing year to 18 and those injured to over 105.
Subsequently, the Foreign Office (FO) had summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to lodge a protest against the “unprovoked” ceasefire violation.
The FO’s Director General (South Asia and Saarc), Dr Muhammad Faisal, lodged the protest.
“The deliberate targeting of civilians is deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” Faisal said.
He urged India to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement, to investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, to instruct Indian forces to respect the agreement, and to maintain peace on LoC.