The Indian Army has once again violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Kashmir, martyring two civilians. The incident took place in the Tetri Note Sector on Saturday, when Indian forces opened fire on a group of civilians, killing Ubaid Qayyum and Mohammad Qasim.
The Army’s Public Relations Department (ISPR) said that the Indian firing was unprovoked and indiscriminate. It accused the Indian Army of using false narratives and fabrications to justify its actions.
The ISPR said that Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate to protect civilians on the LoC. It also warned that India’s “malevolent role” in South Asia would not be tolerated.
The incident comes just days after US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in Washington, DC. The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation on a range of issues, including defense. India’s recent aggressive behavior is actually an indication of the agreement reached between Biden and Modi. India is seeking to use the agreement to expand its military capabilities and intimidate its neighbors.
Pakistan has long called for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. However, it has warned that it will not hesitate to defend its territory if necessary.
The recent incident along the LoC is a reminder of the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan. Both countries have a history of using military force to settle their differences, and this has led to numerous deaths and displacements.
It is clear that neither India nor Pakistan can achieve its security goals through military means. The only way to break the cycle of violence is through dialogue and diplomacy.
The international community has a role to play in helping India and Pakistan to resolve their differences peacefully. The United Nations Security Council should take steps to revive the Kashmir peace process and ensure that both countries respect the ceasefire along the LoC.