Civilian targeting will not be tolerated: PM

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Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting here on Thursday the situation developing on the Line of Control due to unprovoked Indian firing which the other day took lives of about ten civilians who were on board a bus.
Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint despite the continuing ceasefire violations from the Indian security forces along LoC.
He, however, said we cannot tolerate deliberate targeting of innocent civilians particularly children and women, the ambulances and the civilian transport.
He said the Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of the partition and we will never abandon our Kashmiri brethren in their freedom struggle.
The meeting noted that India is deliberately escalating situation on the line of control and international community should play its active role in diffusing the tension.
It paid rich tributes to the personnel of Armed Forces of Pakistan who laid down their lives while defending their motherland yesterday.
The meeting deplored the belligerent targeting of the ambulance which was rescuing victims of the attack on a bus, as a blatant violation of International Humanitarian Law.
The meeting observed that India is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the international community from the grave human rights violations, massacres and atrocities being committed by the Indian security forces against the innocent and defenceless Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir.
The world in general and India in particular should know that Pakistani nation will never abandon their Kashmiri brethren and will continue to support them in their just and UN mandated freedom struggle.
The meeting reiterated its condemnation of the bus massacre and re-affirmed its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir in their just and legitimate struggle for the exercise of their right to self-determination in accordance with the UNSC resolu-
tions.