ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel was informed on Friday that Indian forces committed 221 cross-border violations since June 09, in which 26 civilians embraced martyrdom and received 78 injuries.
Senate Defence Committee, which met here with Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed in the chair, passed a unanimous resolution, condemning unprovoked firing and shelling by Indian “soormas” along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary.
Briefing the parliamentary, senior military officials said that Indian forces committed 221 violations since June 9, which is a brazen violation of the LoC cease-fire agreement, killing 26 civilians and injuring 78 others. India committed border violation 89 times during August alone, they said, adding Pakistan formation commanders sent 39 hotline messages at the brigade level to their counterparts in Indian Military but to no avail.
The committee, through a resolution, condemned Indian aggression and cease-fire violations across the LoC, urging the international community to take immediate notice of the violations and appreciated Pakistan’s stance by not responding to the Indian provocations in the same way.
The resolution stated that ever since Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Modi took over as the India’s Prime Minister, actions and statements of the Indian government have become aggressive, jingoistic and war-like, even boasting about India’s role in the dismemberment of Pakistan in 1971 and openly admitting covert operations against Pakistan using terrorists as an instrument of policy.
The committee called upon the UN, Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) and other international organisations to take immediate notice of Indian aggression along the LoC and Working Boundary.
Speaking before the committee, secretary defence Lieutenant General Alam Khattak (Retd) warned India not to underestimate Pakistan’s military might and said a strong and befitting reply would be given if war is imposed. “India wants to impose war but let it be known that both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers and eruption of a war would destroy both the countries,” General Khattak stated.
“Indian forces routinely target civilian zones inside Pakistan, and Pakistan retaliates by returning fire on legitimate military targets only, and not on civilian zones inside India,” the defence official maintained. Pakistan’s response to the violations has been selective and effective, aiming to target military installations and abide by the Geneva Convention.
General Khattak, in his statement before the committee, observed that our policy is that of restraint. “Pakistan is a mature state, only a fool would want a war in these circumstances and our policy is very much clear,” said Khattak. The committee was also apprised about the compensation package for the APS martyrs to the tune of Rs 183 million for 22 victims.
This includes cash compensation of Rs 3 million per victim, education of children of the affected families and a housing package of 5-million for each affected family. Senator Sayed termed the last year’s attack on APS a crime against humanity and said that the whole nation supports the families of the APS martyrs.
Source: Business Recorder