Foreign diplomats at PoK to verify Indian Army claims of destroying terror groups


Islamabad, Oct 22 : Imran Khan government took foreign diplomats posted in Pakistan to the Neelum Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to witness and get the firsthand information to know the truth of the Indian Army claims that they had “destroyed four terror launch pads” there early Sunday, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Mohammad Faisal said, “The diplomats were taken to the Nauseri, Shahkot and Jura sectors near the LoC, as well as the Nausada village, which has suffered severe damage in attacks by Indian troops. The trip was arranged so that they can verify for themselves the claims made by Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat.”

Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor briefed the diplomats and media persons about the situation in the area. The visitors were also shown remains of the artillery shells that allegedly fired by the Indian troops from across the LoC.

DG ISPR added that the foreign diplomats had visited Jura bazaar and met the local population and shop owners and witnessed firsthand the damage inflicted on the shops and houses that were claimed to be launchpads by India.

Foreign diplomats look at a car damaged by shelling from Indian troops from across the border. “It’s all innocent people being targeted by India,” he said.

Pakistan also rejected the Indian claim of destroying the terror launch pads inside PoK as a “pack of lies”.

No official from the Indian High Commission joined the team visiting the LoC today, Dr Faisal said.

“The Indian side has not joined us in the visit to the LoC nor have they provided coordinates of the alleged ‘launchpads’,” the FO spokesperson tweeted. He added that India had also failed to share the coordinates of launchpads which the Indian army claimed to have destroyed.

DG ISPR said that in 2018, there were 3,038 Indian ceasefire violations and 58 civilians were martyred while 319 were injured. In 2019, so far there have been 2,608 ceasefire violations due to which 44 civilians have been martyred and 230 injured.

He said the difference between the Pakistan Army and Indian army was that the former follows military norms and only targets Indian posts.

“‘Claims’ by Indian Army Chief remain just that: ‘claims’,” he added.

India claimed on Sunday that Army launched a major strike against terrorist training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, killing 6-10 terrorists and an equal number of Pakistani troops besides decimating at least three launch pads.

Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that three terror camps have been destroyed by Indian Army in retaliation to unprovoked ceasefire violation from the Pakistani side at Tangadhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

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