DESPARDES — A team of foreign diplomats posted in Pakistan were taken to the Neelum Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to witness firsthand whether the Indian army had “smashed four terror launch pads” there early Sunday, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet on Tuesday reported Dawn.
The diplomats were taken to three sectors near the Line of Control (LoC), as well as the Nausada village, which suffered severe damage in attacks by Indian troops. The trip was arranged so they could verify for themselves the veracity of the claims made by Indian army chief Rawat.
DG ISPR said that Indian ceasefire violations have been stepped up.
He said the difference between the Pakistan Army and Indian army was that the former follows military norms and only targets Indian posts.
DG ISPR added that the foreign diplomats had visited Jura bazaar and met the local population and shop owners and witnessed firsthand the damage inflicted on the shops and houses that were claimed to be launchpads by India.
“It’s all innocent people being targeted by India,” he said.
No official from the Indian High Commission joined the team visiting the LoC today, Dr Faisal said.
“The Indian side has not joined us in the visit to the LoC nor have they provided coordinates of the alleged ‘launchpads’,” the FO spokesperson tweeted. He added that India had also failed to share the coordinates of launchpads which the Indian army claimed to have destroyed.
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