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Pakistan

Web Desk
October 22, 2019

Pakistan exposes Indian claims by taking diplomats to LoC

Pakistan

Web Desk
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday took Islamabad-based diplomats and foreign journalists to the Line of Control (LoC), debunking Indian army chief’s claims of destroying terror “launchpads” in Azad Kashmir.

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The diplomatic corps visited Jura, Shahkot and Nousheri's sectors along the LoC hit by Indian firing on Saturday and Sunday.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal and Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor accompanied the envoys.

Gen Ghafoor briefed the diplomatic corps and the media about the Indian violations in the border area. He said the Indian forces are targeting innocent civilians.

The diplomats and the media themselves reviewed the current situation in the area. They also visited Jura market and interacted with the locals there.

DG ISPR said the baseless claims of the Indian army chief stand exposed, according to Radio Pakistan.

The invitation to the diplomatic corps was extended on an emergency basis to the heads of missions at all the embassies in Islamabad. Indian chargé d'affaires was also invited to prove the claim of his army chief before the foreign diplomats.

Chinese Envoy Yoo Jing during LoC visit.

But the Indian side did not respond to the invitation. The Indian Defense Attaché told this paper on Monday that he was not going to the LoC while the Indian chargé d'affaires said New Delhi had not granted him permission for the visit.

DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a statement earlier today, said “What good Indian High Commission is which can’t stand with its Army Chief? Indian High Commission staff didn’t have the moral courage to accompany fellow diplomats in Pakistan to LOC.”

Senior journalists representing international media were also accompanying the 50 or so diplomats, including ambassadors and high commissioners.

The diplomats and journalists were free to visit any part of the area hit by the Indian Army and interview anyone to ascertain the presence or lack thereof any training camp.