Pak army says India destroying Pakistani posts along LoC in Naushera ‘false claim’
The Indian Army released on Tuesday what it said was a video of the military action that showed heavy artillery blasting temporary bunkers and shelters on a tree-covered mountain.india Updated: May 24, 2017 00:13 IST
Pakistan dismissed an Indian Army statement on Tuesday that it has destroyed Pakistani posts along their de-facto border as part of counter-insurgency operations to stop militants from crossing into India.
“Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LOC in Naushera Sec and firing by Pak Army on civilians across LOC are false,” tweeted Major General Asif Ghafoor of the Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistani army.
PR275/17— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) May 23, 2017
Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LOC in Naushera Sec and firing by Pak Army on civilians across LOC are false.
The Indian action came three weeks after the beheading of two soldiers by militants from Pakistan. The army at the time had promised a response at a time and place of its choosing.
The army released on Tuesday what it said was a video of the military action that showed heavy artillery blasting temporary bunkers and shelters on a tree-covered mountain.
The video was shot in Jammu’s Naushera sector on May 9, army officials told HT.
Later on Tuesday evening, Major General Ghafoor posted some more tweets, saying India had targeted innocent civilians on May 13, 2017 and Pakistan army had responded by destroying Indian posts in Nowshera sector.
PR277/17— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) May 23, 2017
No Pakistani post destroyed by India on 13 May. Indians tgt civ on both sides of LOC. Pak response restricted to mil tgts only. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/9971o9dQ9G
On 13 May 2017, India targeted innocent civilians. In befitting response Pak Army destroyed Indian posts in Nowshera Sec. 2/2. pic.twitter.com/jHLZVOoHSa— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) May 23, 2017
Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa told military commanders in Rawalpindi although his country sought peace with its neighbours, any hostility on its borders would be “responded to befittingly”.
The assault is the latest escalation in tensions along the Line of Control, the volatile de-facto border militants use to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir, often under cover fire from the Pakistani army.
“Pakistani army has been providing full support to infiltrators by engaging Indian army posts,” Narula said, adding they had damaged Pakistani posts in the Naushera sector.
Kashmir has been on the boil since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani last July, with more than 100 civilians killed in street protests and clashes with security personnel.
First Published: May 23, 2017 17:09 IST