PM Imran, Army Chief Bajwa visit LoC, meet troops and martyrs’ families: ISPR

Prime Minister Imran Khan, accompanied by army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited the Control Line (LoC) on Friday on the occasion of Defense and Martyrs Day.

According to a brief statement of Public Relations between Services, the Prime Minister was also accompanied by the Minister of Defense, Pervez Khattak, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and the Chairman of the Special Committee on Kashmir Syed Fakhar Imam.

During his visit, the prime minister was "informed about the current situation [at the] LoC ".

"The Prime Minister praised the state of readiness and the effective response to Indian CFVs [ceasefire violations]"said an ISPR press release.

Prime Minister Imran, along with the army chief, also interacted with the troops and met with the families of the martyrs.

"The deliberate attacks of India on unarmed civilians in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the continued siege of innocent Kashmir in Jammu and Kashmir occupied by India are the worst examples of human rights violations," said ISPR Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, in a tweet, the prime minister cited as saying.

This year, Defense and Martyrs Day is also celebrated as Kashmir Solidarity Day.

Tensions between Pakistan and India have been high since last month, when ISPR said Indian forces had used cluster munitions to attack civilians in Azad Jammu and Kashmir from the other side of the LoC; in violation of the Geneva Convention and international law.

Relations worsened when New Delhi repealed article 370 of the Indian constitution, stripping Kashmir of its special status. Cases of violations of the cessation of fire by Indian forces throughout the LoC have also increased and resulted in casualties of both civilians and soldiers.



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