Pak Refusing Flag Meeting: Army

Pak Refusing Flag Meeting: Army

18 October 2012
Rising Kashmir
Syed Rizwan Geelani

Srinagar: Stating that Pakistan army had no justification for firing mortar shells on civilian areas, army Thursday said Pakistan has declined India’s request for flag meeting over killing of three civilians in cross-border shelling in Uri sector. “Pakistan army had no justification for firing heavy mortar shells on Charunda village near LoC in Uri sector. If Indian troops would have fired on Pakistani posts, they would have used small arms fire. But it could not be justification for targeting civilian areas with heavy caliber mortar shells,” a senior army official said. He said had Indian army retaliated and fired mortar shells back towards Pak positions, the tension would have escalated and there would have been casualties on other side as well. According to army, three civilians including a girl were killed in Pakistan army shelling on civilian area in Uri sector on Tuesday. The army official said instead of admitting their fault, Pakistani troops is blaming it for violating border ceasefire. “It is unfortunate that Pakistan army have claimed that they reacted to unprovoked firing by Indian Army,” he said. Meanwhile, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Baramulla-based Infantry Division Major General Bipin Rawat told Rising Kashmir that Pakistani troops have not accepted their proposal for holding flag meeting to discuss the cross-border shelling. “They have not given reply to our proposal yet. They have to reply to our proposal,” he said. He said the Pakistan army can’t refuse to hold flag meets to discuss killing of three civilians in their shelling.