Indian ‘Propaganda’ About LoC Aims To Destabilise Kashmir: Pak Army

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army chief, General Qamar Bajwa, on Friday said that Indian “propaganda” regarding the presence of militants along the Line of Control (LoC) is “aimed at spreading unrest in Kashmir, which will never succeed”.

“People of Azad Jammu and Kashmir are fully aware of Indian atrocities in held Kashmir and [of] Indian agendas,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa as saying during his visit to the LoC at Kel Sector and forward post at Sharda on Friday, The Express Tribune reported today. “Pakistan Army shall continue to ensure protection and security of people along [the] LoC.”

The statement came a week after a 60-year-old woman was killed in alleged unprovoked Indian firing along the Indo-Pak border.

Both sides routinely accuse each other of violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement. However, it is impossible to verify claims from either side due to lack of access to the heavily militarised zone.

The COAS, who was briefed on the continuing ceasefire violations (CFVs), appreciated army’s “state of operational preparedness and response to CFVs”. He was also apprised about the army’s support to ongoing Housing and Population Census.

Gen Qamar also directed the authorities to ensure progress and development works in the area in coordination with the PaK government.

The restive Himalayan region suffered a rise in violence last year after the killing in July of a popular young militant leader.

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