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Pakistan Army shells villages along LoC in Poonch, one injured

Pakistan violated ceasefire once again today in the Manjakot sector of Rajouri as well as in Balakote sector of Poonch early in the morning. As per reports, one civilian is injured; even some vehicles have been destroyed in the Balakote sector. The army is giving befitting reply to the ceasefire

The latest ceasefire came days after four members of a family, including two girls were injured in a Pakistani shelling in Poonch district last Saturday.

“Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 7.45 pm in Bhimber Gali sector along the LoC deliberately targetting villages of Basauni and Sandot in Balakote area”, said an army spokesperson.

“This unprovoked firing and condemnable action by Pakistani army has caused serious injuries to four civilians including small children”, he paper quoted him as saying further.

Injured were identified as Tahira Naseeb, 17, her brothers Tariq Naseeb, 15, and Saquib, 5, besides sister Rafia Naseeb, 7. They were all children of a police head constable Mohammad Naseeb.

Last Friday , all the schools in Digwar and Khari Karmara areas of Poonch district were closed due to intense mortar shelling by Pakistani forces on civilian areas along the Line of Control there. The shelling was so intense that the explosions caused by it were audible even in Poonch town of the state.

Meanwhile, United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday said Washington will look to India to help keep an eye on Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially as President Donald Trump has taken a tougher stand against havens for terrorists.

“America’s overriding interests in Afghanistan and throughout South Asia are to eliminate terrorist safe havens that threaten us,” Haley said. “To keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, we will use all the elements of our national power – economic, diplomatic and military – to pursue these goals.”

Although Pakistan has been a US partner on occasion, Washington cannot tolerate any government that provides havens to terrorists, she said, adding that the US also hopes that India will help in Afghanistan.

“They [India] are the good neighbours and partner that we have in the region,” Haley said. “So having them helps not only with infrastructure and the aid that they can give towards rebuilding Afghanistan, [but they can] also help us keep an eye on Pakistan.”

She made the statements at an event organised in Washington by the United States-India Friendship Council.

Haley also said that India can become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council if the five permanent members – United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China and France – opt out of using the veto power. She said the reform of the Security Council was more about the veto power, which the five countries are not willing to give up. The UN General Assembly elects the remaining 10 members for two-year terms.

“So the key to getting India on the council would have to be to not touch the veto,” she said.

 

 

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