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Cross-Border firing along LoC : Pakistan evacuates 50 Chinese nationals

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Islamabad, July 31  Pakistan has evacuated 50 Chinese nationals from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) near the Line of Control (LoC) after heavy cross-border firing from India along the LoC, Pakistani media reports said.

In a tweet posted on ISPR’s official Twitter account, director general of the army’s media wing Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said ceasefire violations by the Indian forces “are being and shall always be effectively responded”Pak Army shall take all measures to protect innocent civilians along LoC from Indian firing deliberately targeting them,” he said.

His statement came after officials evacuated more than 50 Chinese nationals working near the LoC due to the intense firing.

The Chinese were working on a dam being constructed in AJK along the confluence of the Neelam and Jhelum rivers when firing pushed authorities to move the workers late Tuesday, according to Akhtar Ayub from the local disaster management authority, the Dawn reported.

Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the “unprovoked” ceasefire violations, a press statement released today said.

The spokesperson urged the Indian side to respect the ceasefire agreement and termed the targeting of the civilian population as “deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws”.

Two civilians were killed and at least 19 were injured from Indian shelling in Danna, Dhudhniyal, Jura, Lipa, Sharda and Shahkot.

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