‘Ceasefire Violations Designed To Distract Pak From Anti-Terror Fight’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Tuesday directed troops to “respond effectively to unprovoked ceasefire violations by India”, the military’s media wing reported.

He issued the directive while addressing soldiers during a visit to the Line of Control (LoC) at the Mattewala and Munaawar sectors, read the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

“At one hand, the ceasefire violations by Indian forces are an effort to divert world’s attention from its atrocities against innocent Kashmiris, while on the other hand it is an attempt to dilute our response against terrorism and militancy,” Gen Bajwa was quoted as saying.

“The targeting of civilians along the LoC is deliberate and highly reprehensible,” he added.

Gen Bajwa said, “the army was fully aware of India’s ‘nefarious designs’ and its support to terrorism in the region, specifically Pakistan.”

“Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadev is one such evidence of these efforts and his case will be taken to the logical conclusion,” he asserted.

He said Pakistan Army will do its duty to protect the people of Pakistan and “Azad Kashmir against all forms of Indian aggression”.

“We will continue our solidarity with people of Indian Occupied Kashmir, who are struggling for their right of self-determination,” said Gen Bajwa.

Earlier on arrival, the General Officer Commanding had briefed the army chief about the operational situation in the sectors.

While appreciating the “operational readiness” of the troops, the army chief had said the soldiers of Pakistan Army are “known for their professional competence, motivation and selfless devotion for defence of our motherland”.

Licenses Of Arms Issued To JuD Cancelled

LAHORE: Pakistan has cancelled licenses of 44 weapons issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisations, citing security reasons.

An official of the Punjab Home Department said the step has been taken in line with the government’s action against Saeed and his organisations – the Jama’at-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falaha-e-Insaniyat (FIF).

“The Punjab Home Department cancelled licenses of 44 weapons for security reasons,” the official said on Tuesday.

The government on January 30 had put Saeed and four other leaders of his organizations under house arrest in Lahore for a period of 90 days. Saeed and 37 members of JuD and FIF have also been placed on the Exit Control List, barring them from leaving the country.

According to the Punjab Home Department notification, “both JuD and FIF are engaged in certain activities which could be prejudicial to peace and security and in violation of Pakistan’s obligations to the United Nations Security Council Resolution and both organisations have been placed in the Second Schedule of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.”

“Hafiz Saeed, Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Kashif Niazi are engaged in certain activities which could be prejudicial to peace and security.”

The federal government has also put JuD and FIF on the watch list for six months. Saeed, who is carrying a $10 million bounty on his head, was also put under house arrest after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack but he was freed by Lahore High Court in 2009.

‘First Step To Justice’

NEW DELHI: Days after Pakistan put Jama’at-ud-Dawa chief, Hafiz Saeed, under the Anti-Terrorism Act, India on Monday said that Pakistan’s action to put him on terror list is the “first logical step in bringing him to justice and ridding the region of terrorism and violent extremism”.

Last month, Saeed had been placed under “house arrest” and later put on the exit control list.

Pakistan’s Punjab government on Saturday included names of Saeed and his four aides in the fourth schedule of the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) of Pakistan.

Express Tribune reported that five men were added to the fourth schedule as they were “active members” of JuD and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation.

Responding to this, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “Hafiz Saeed is an international terrorist, the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attack and responsible for unleashing a wave of terror against Pakistan’s neighbours through LeT/JuD and their affiliates. Effective action mandated internationally against him and his terrorist organisations and colleagues is a logical first step in bringing them to justice.”

Indian Express quoting sources reported that if the actions by Pakistan’s government show results, it will brighten the prospects of the dialogue process between the two countries. “If things improve, it will be a good starting point,” a top source said.

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