Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa chaired the 199th Corps Commanders' conference in Rawalpindi.The meeting condemned recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and expressed solidarity with Afghan people and their security forces.The forum reviewed security environment in the region besides continued unprovoked ceasefire violations by India along the Line of Control and Working boundary and termed it potential threat to regional stability.

Host: M.Waqas Saleem

Ceasefire violations by India

On Monday, Indian troops resorted to firing along the Working Boundary in Zafarwal sector, with Pakistan Rangers Punjab “responding effectively” to the aggression.Last month, Indian forces violated the ceasefire as they fired across Jandrot, Nikyal, Baroh and Khanjar areas. Indian aggression continued unabated as the violation was reported five times.The Foreign Office (FO) summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh today to lodge a protest against a ceasefire violation across the Line of Control (LoC) a day earlier in which a Pakistani laborer was killed.FO Director General (South Asia and Saarc) Dr Muhammad Faisal lodged the protest with Singh. Faisal deplored the deliberate targeting of civilians, which is a crime as well as violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws.

Maj Gen (Retd) Farooq Malik (Defense Analyst)

Indian forces are continuing violations at LoC and the Working Boundary for last many months. India should avoid such violations. International community must play its role to pressurize India to stop the violations. Pakistan Ambassador to UN Maliha Lodhi has highlighted this issue to UN forum many times. Pakistan should effectively respond to Indian aggression at LoC.

Dr. Zafar Iqbal Cheema (IR Expert)

Pak-India tensions at LoC and the Working Boundary have increased since Narendra Modi came into power. Modi and his cabinet are working on only anti-Pakistan agenda. Indian government is always adopted aggressive attitude towards Pakistan just for the pleasure of Indian extremist organizations. Pakistan should highlight Indian aggression on all international forums and effectively respond to India aggression at LoC. India wants to divert world’s attention from Kashmir dispute through such acts.

UN Perspective

Guest :Waqas Rafiq (Communication Officer, Food and Agriculture of Pakistan)

Media and Civil Society needs to play a vital role in participatory process of the department. We have initiated many projects in Balochistan. Similarly, certain measures are being taken to overcome food shortages in far away areas. We remain in contact with people through whatsapp group. We are also providing awareness to people through certain channels regarding food and its importance. We are also focusing in rural areas of Punjab and Sindh. Radio community is also an effective tool to provide informations to the people.  

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