Indian forces fire across LoC, injure two civilians

RAWALPINDI: At least two people were injured on Saturday when Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Satwal and Nikial sectors on Saturday, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The Army said Indian forces targeted civilian populations in the villages of Tetrinote, Manwa, Satwal and Balakot, which resulted in injuries to a six-year-old girl and 45-year-old man.

ISPR added that Indian forces also targetted Rawalkot Poonch Crossing Point (RPCP) and the visitors’ stand at the location. “Pakistan Army aggressively and effectively responded to hostile fire, silenced their guns and caused considerable damage to the posts carrying out fire.”

The statement further added that targetting civilians will not deter Kashmiri people from their just struggle against Indian oppression

On October 4, two children were martyred by Indian forces in firing along LoC in Rawalkot and Chirikot Sectors. The Army had also destroyed two Indian posts after a civilian was martyred by Indian firing in an earlier incident. Incidents of cross-border firing have increased since right-wing Narendra Modi came to power in India.

People of Pakistan would decide the future government: PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday reposed his confidence that the people of Pakistan would decide the future government, juxtaposing the unprecedented performance of Pakistan Muslim League-N with its rival political parties and previous regimes.

He noted that democracy was sine qua non for the progress and prosperity of the country and its people. The dictators had always failed to deliver and their rule did not augur well for the country’s future, he said.

The prime minister was addressing the inauguration ceremony of Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Limited (PIBT), the country’s first coal, clinker and cement terminal at the Port Qasim. The terminal has been completed at a cost of $285 million and so far provided berths to 12 coal ships.

The prime minister credited the people of Pakistan for their decision in favour of democratic system and noted that the continuity of the system would also provide panacea to certain issues.

Under the democratic system, people make their best choices and sent those people packing to homes who had failed to perform according to their expectations, he said, adding the challenges always emerged but those would be tackled and resolved.

The prime minister further said when the PML-N government came to power in 2013; the country was beset with numerous crises including the crippling power outages. The government not only initiated work on 10,000 mw power projects but completed them whereas certain projects would be nearing completion and now the power supply was in abundance, he added.

The prime minister referred to visible functioning of different projects, being marshaled by the private investors and parties. He said the gas scarcity also hit hard the fertilizers industry and CNG stations whereas the domestic consumers and other industrial units faced paucity of gas, but the government also took vital steps overcoming the issue.

The prime minister said a huge network of highways and motorways was being built under the PML-N government.  PML-N was the only government in the history that solely invested in the country’s future. Under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) huge investment unparalleled in country’s history was made which guaranteed prosperity, he added.

One civilian hurt in Indian firing on LoC

RAWALPINDI: Unprovoked firing by Indian forces from across the Line of Control (LoC) injured a woman in Rawalakot area on Friday.

Indian forces targeted civilian population in Abbaspur, Poonch sector, injuring 46-year-old Safina Bibi, ISPR said in a statement. The Pakistan Army also retaliated to the Indian aggression. It should be noted that for the past few months, Indian forces have been targeting civilian areas across the border in Pakistan. The largely unprovoked firing has left scores of people dead and many others injured.

On September 24, a civilian was martyred and two others were injured in firing from across the border. “Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing of small arms and mortars along LoC in Nikyal sector,” the ISPR added. “A 22-year-old girl embraced shahadat while two [other] civilians were injured.”

UK acknowledges Pakistan Army’s achievements in fight against terror

RAWALPINDI: Chief of General Staff UK Army General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged Pakistan Army’s achievements in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for peace and stability in the region. He said UK greatly appreciates Pakistan’s sacrifices in this regard.

Matters of mutual interest including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two Armies were discussed during the meeting. Earlier on arrival at GHQ, CGS UK Army, laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented guard of honour to the visiting dignitary. The visiting dignitary addressed participants of National Security and War Course.

It’s wrong to merge religion with extremism: President Mamnoon Hussain

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said on Friday that laws might be amended to tackle the recently surfaced “unprecedented” threats to national security. “Merging religion with extremism is wrong. We need to work together to counter this problem,” the president said while addressing a workshop at the National Defence University in Islamabad.

He observed that under the existing circumstances, the dynamics of national security had changed. “We have undergone rapid changes in the last three decades in terms of political, social and economic affairs,” state media quoted him as saying.

Some elements, he added, were misguiding the nation by disseminating a “negative” narrative. “We must collectively denounce this negative narrative,” he noted.

The president stressed the need for reforming both internal and external policies to address the issues faced by the country regionally and internationally. He further said continuous steps were need to make the National Action Plan more effective.