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(27-05-1999)     
 

Pakistan is alive to the situation on the Line of Control and is fully prepare to meet any eventuality.

The Director  General ISPR  Brigadier  Rashid  Qureshi told newsmen during a briefing in Rawalpindi yesterday that present  situation in Kargil sector is the result of Indian designs  to capture areas on Pakistani side  of the LoC. and their build up of 12000 troops.

He said since  the sixth of May India has suffered  one hundred  dead  and about five times more injured.

The Director General , ISPR said it seemed that Indians had some ulterior motives and had planned to do the same in Kargil-Dras areas as they did in Siachin in 1984 and occupied the Saltoro range.

Brig.Rashid Qureshi said Pakistan has also information that India has started putting its gun positions and mortars and headquarters next to civilian villages in their areas to blame Pakistan of civilian casualties when we retaliate. He said this is a new version of using civilians as human shield.

He said Pakistan has considered all possibilities and is prepared for all eventualities. He rejected the claim by the Indian spokesman that no bomb has fallen on Pakistani side of the Line of Control and said that is not correct.

In reply to a question he said Pakistan suffered no casualties and no damage. He said the new aspects that has been added is the induction of air force and gunship helicopters which shows the frustration of the
Indian army. He said we are alert to this and if they launch any attack on our position and try to capture anything on our side of the Line of Control we are fully equipped to prevent that from happening.He said whatever the repercussions the responsibility squarely rests on India.

He said Pakistan has  time and again said that let the neutral UN observers go and check the situation on the spot, but Indian keeps refusing and even  fired upon UN vehicles in the forward  areas. He said Pakistan has  lodged  protest  with UN observers over Indian bombings  and designs.

US-REACTION:

United States, Britain, France and Iran have expressed concern over the situation on Line of Control and stressed for defusing growing tension in Kashmir.

The State Department in Washington hoped that the two countries will keep in touch to resolve their differences in the light of the Lahore declaration.

The British Foreign Office said it was very concerned over the reports that India launched air strikes against freedom fighters and urged Pakistan and India to resolve the issue peacefully.

KASHMIR:

Reports from occupied Kashmir speak of clashes between freedom fighters and Indian troops at various places. The clashes took place Sonamerg near Srinagar, Sedra in Surankote and Lodramandi in Poonch. The details any casualties were not known.

Freedom fighters also attacked a military patrol in cookernag area of Islamabad Anantnag killing one and injuring two troops.

SULTAN:

The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry has called upon Britain to fulfil her historical responsibility by playing active role in resolving the Kashmir issue.

Addressing the House of Lords in London yesterday, he said that India has started an un-declared war on the Line of Control.

The Members of British House of Lords, Lord Avebury, Lord Attle, Lord Mackinley, Lord Christopher and Lord Nazir Ahmad also spoke on this occasion and supported the cause of  Kashmiri people.

MUSHARRAF:

The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf, currently visiting China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, called on General Zhang Wannian, Vice Chairman
of the Central Military Commission in Beijing.

During the meeting matters of bilateral interests and current global and regional situation came under discussion.

Chief of the Army Staff also held talks with General Fu Quan You, the Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

During the talks both sides discussed ways and means to enhance mutual cooperation in the field of defence.

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