Ex-Servicemen condemn India for deadliest attack on LoC since 2003

  • Authorities asked to probe real motives of New Delhi, India threatening peace between two nuclear states: PESA



The Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (PESA) on Tuesday blasted India for killing seven soldiers by unprovoked shelling on the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

This has been one of the military’s biggest single losses of life in AJK since a truce was signed in 2003, said a statement issued by PESA. This recent provocation is an unforgivable act, as it has once again threatened the volatile peace between two nuclear states, it said.

This statement was made during a meeting of Executive Council of PESA under Senior Vice President and Navy hero, Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim (Rtd).

The meeting discussed the highly provocative and aggressive attitude currently being displayed by India along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and noted that the Pakistan Army was fully capable of defending our soil. The veterans paid glowing tributes to the gallant soldiers of Pakistan Army for their befitting response in the intense exchanges of fire which have netted many casualties on Indian side.

However, grave concern was expressed at the real motives of India behind its sudden change to such an aggressive style. Members of the association, speaking at the occasion, revealed suspicion of some deeper –and darker- motives behind these activities such as the desire to influence Pakistani foreign relations or internal affairs.

It was felt that mere handing over of protest notes to Indian diplomats after each incident was not enough. The Foreign Office must play a proactive role in apprising nations of the world about the situation through effective emissaries and demarches.

The international community must be adequately sensitized about the nuclear overhang in South Asia, said the old soldiers present on the occasion. Pakistani diplomats must act vigorously to inform global opinion about India’s crude attempt to divert attention from the core issue of Kashmir and it’s atrocities against an unarmed struggle for freedom from a foreign yoke.

Most importantly, Foreign Office must find out the real underlying reasons behind this change in Indian behaviour, the veterans demanded.

They greatly appreciated formal start of shipping of Chinese cargo from Gwadar port as a good beginning for the CPEC, praising in particular the joint efforts of civil and military authorities. All internal reservations should be resolved for early completion of this game changing project, they said.

Members of the Executive Council are keenly following proceedings of the Panamagate scandal in Supreme Court, they revealed. It was the general desire among veterans that, with a view to solving this issue at the earliest, the Court would not allow any delay in its proceedings.

Other participants in the meeting included Air Vice Marshal Masood Akhtar, Lt General Naeem Akbar, Brig Mian Mahmud, Mr Salim Ahmad Gandapur, Brig Simon Sharaf, Major Farouk Hamid Khan and Brig Masud ul Hassan.