The military’s spokesperson on Thursday raised concerns over the increasing ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary by the Indian forces, saying 55 civilians have been martyred due to cross-border Indian aggression this year — “the highest in history”.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, while addressing a news conference in Rawalpindi, said that Indian forces were deliberately targeting civilians across the LoC.
Ghafoor highlighted that Pakistan has taken several positive initiatives for peace with India, and the latest one was groundbreaking of Kartarpur corridor. The ISPR chief, however, regretted that the initiative was negatively presented in India, but hoped that India will “positively respond to this goodwill gesture”.
He informed the audience that the corridor will be constructed in six months after which 4,000 Sikh pilgrims will be able to visit the Kartarpur daily. “It will be a one-way corridor from the Indian side to Kartarpur, and the Sikh pilgrims will remain restricted to Kartarpur,” the spokesperson said.
Giving an overview of the domestic security situation, the ISPR chief said law and order situation has greatly improved across the country. “Incidents of terrorism and other crimes like abduction and extortion have greatly decreased in erstwhile Fata, Balochistan, and Karachi,” he said.
Moreover, a total of 2,200 Ferraris have laid down their weapons in Balochistan during the past three years. Ghafoor further urged the disgruntled elements in Balochistan to “relinquish their violent path and join the national mainstream”.