ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that Pakistan will respond to any “misadventure or aggression” by the Indian forces against Pakistan.
Chairing the National Security Committee s meeting in Islamabad, PM Imran reviewed situation after the Indian Army used cluster ammunition to target the civilian population across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in violation of the Geneva Convention and international law.
The prime minister said Pakistan will always stand with Kashmiris and will not be deterred from its just stance based on United Nations Security Council s resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people.
He said India is totally disregarding international obligations and its arrogance will only result in heightening the conflict dynamics in the region.
Imran Khan also urged the world leaders and international bodies to take notice of irresponsible, unilateral and irrational behaviour of Indian leadership. He reaffirmed Pakistan s resolve to respond to any Indian misadventure or aggression with full support of the nation.
The meeting was briefed on India s deplorable suppression of people of the Occupied Kashmir, plans to use bogey of terrorism for political ends disregarding situation on ground, use of cluster munitions against civilians to provoke Pakistan and use of disinformation to confuse the real intent which is changing the demographic structure and the internationally recognized disputed status Occupied Kashmir.
Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, CJSC, Naval Chief, Air Chief, head of the Inter-Services Intelligence and others are present in the meeting.
Other attendees include the prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, federal minister for Kashmir affairs and PM Imran’s special assistant on information.
Earlier, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor released a statement, claiming that Indian Army had used cluster ammunition to target the civilian population across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in violation of the Geneva Convention and international law.
The Indian military, on the intervening night of July 30 and 31, targeted innocent citizens including women and children in Neelum Valley through artillery using cluster ammunition – resulting in the martyrdom of two civilians, including a boy, as per the statement.
Indian army deliberately used cluster bombs to target civilian population, resulting in the injuries of eleven other people, who sustained critical bullet wounds, according to military’s media wing.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said Indian allegations of cross LOC action by Pakistan and possession of bodies are mere propaganda.
He said such blatant lies and staged dramas are Indian disinformation manoeuvre to divert world attention from increased atrocities by Indian Occupation Forces inside occupied territory.
DG’s response came after Indian media claimed that Indian Army has foiled an infiltration attempt by a Pakistani BAT (Border Action Team) squad in Keran Sector where 5-7 Pakistani army regulars were eliminated and their bodies are lying on the LoC.
Pakistan rejects Indian allegations of cross-LoC action
Later, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said curtailing Amarnath Yatra and deployment of additional troops on baseless pretexts are designed to divert world’s attention from attempts to change the demographic structure of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and unabating state-led oppression and egregious human rights violations.