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August 22, 2013

Captain martyred by Indian shelling at LoC

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August 22, 2013

RAWALPINDI: A Pakistan Army officer Captain Muhammad Sarfraz Khan embraced Shahadat as a result of unprovoked shelling by Indian troops last night at the Shakma sector (near Skardu) on the Line of Control (LOC), a military official said on Wednesday.
Another soldier, Sepoy Yasin, was seriously wounded as a result of the unprovoked shelling.According to official sources, Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Tuesday night at 2315 hrs.Pakistani troops responded effectively to the unprovoked Indian firing. The exchange of fire continued till 0215 hrs.
Online adds: The Foreign Office on Wednesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner to record a protest against continuous ceasefire violations by Indian border security forces (BSF) across the Line of Control (LoC) over the past couple of days.
Pakistan called upon India to uphold the ceasefire on the LoC and reiterated its commitment to the Ceasefire Agreement of 2003, which it said should be respected in letter and spirit by both sides.
Pakistan has also expressed serious concern over the ceasefire violation which resulted in the loss of a civilian’s life in the Rawalakot sector.Meanwhile, Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah and PPP information secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira have warned if any bid is made by India to impose war then Pakistan knows well to give befitting reply.
They said this while talking to Online on Wednesday. Syed Khurshid Shah said Mian Nawaz Sharif has become the prime minister for third term and he can not give any concession to India at any cost. India will have to come forward for talks.
He went on to say recent ceasefire violations by India have reached the peak and interior minister should play vital role in this respect. “We call upon the UN to prevent India from committing violations of ceasefire accord”, he added.
Our correspondent adds from Lahore: Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan expressed deep concern over

Indian army bombing in Skardu.
In a statement, he said for the last one and a half months, India had been violating our territorial boundaries, and the Indian Army was targeting the innocent Pakistani citizens as also the troops. At the same time, Indian Foreign Ministry is persistently blaming Pak Army for one thing or the other to defame this country while the rulers in Islamabad are readily accepting the blame for the wrong never committed.
JI Ameer said country’s image in the world had considerably lowered due to an apologetic attitude of the new government while New Delhi was blaming Islamabad despite India’s provocations and border violations.