Bajwa orders “shell protection shelters” along LoC/WB

Staff Report
Tuesday - January 23, 2018
RAWALPINDI: Chief of army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB) in Khuiratta, Ratta Arayan sectors, on Monday, whereat he was briefed by local commanders about Indian ceasefire violations, specifically targeting civilians across LoC/WB and COAS directed for enhanced protective measures including construction of more community shell protection shelters for civilians; an inter services public relations (ISPR) statement said.

According to detail, COAS appreciated effective and a responsible response of own troops to Indian unethical targeting and high morale of troops and civilians.

Bajwa especially hailed heroic determination of local population against Indian blatant aggression.

He said that our commitment to abide by the ceasefire agreement of 2003 should never be misconstrued as response limitation.

Bajwa warned, “Indian aggression or any misadventure shall always get a most befitting response.”

Later, COAS visited Sialkot combined military hospital (CMH) to meet injured citizens due to recent Indian shelling.

Rawalpindi corps commander lieutenant general Nadeem Raza, Gujranwala corps commander lieutenant general Aamir Abbasi were present during the visit.

Meanwhile, defence minister Khurram Dastgir visited LoC in Chirikot sector, on Monday, whereat he mentioned, “Pakistan shall vigorously deter enemy aggression and deliver a robust response” adding “Sacrifices of ours soldiers and civilians have strengthened the nation and its resolve to defend its liberty at all costs” asserting “Pakistan shall continue its political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris for their just struggle for the right to self-determination;” an official statement said.

He interacted with the troops and appreciated their vigilance and commitment. “Pakistani nation stands behind each and every soldier as they valiantly defend our borders,” defence minister held.

Dastgir condemned repeated and ever-increasing targeting of civilians by India during its violation of ceasefire.

“In 2017 we witnessed India’s repeated and reprehensible attacks on civilians through repeated violations of ceasefire along LoC and the WB,” he said.

General officer commanding (GOC) briefed Dastgir on situation along LoC, the manifold increase in Indian ceasefire ciolations (CFVs) targeting civilians, forceful and professional response by Pakistan army, and the social contributions by Pak army in far-flung areas.

10 corps commander briefed defence minister comprehensively during a flight over all the major sectors of LoC and accompanied the minister to Chirikot.