Deliberate targeting of innocent civilians highly unethical: DGMO tells Indian counterpart

Army jawans patrol the snow-clad Mughal road in Poonch. Pic  PTI

Disconnect between Pak army HQ and troops: Indian DGMO

Pakistani Director General Military Operations (DGMO) on Saturday told Indian counterpart that the act of targeting civilian population was immoral and unprofessional on their part.

This fresh attack comes a day after Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing in the same area on Thursday.

The Indian Army is strongly retaliating, and the firing is underway. General Bhatt impressed upon the Pak DGMO that there appeared to be a disconnect between the intent at the Pakistan General Headquarters which reiterates its desire for peace, and the action of its troops along the LoC who resort to heavy firing without provocation.

Indian and Pakistani troops clashed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Friday, defence officials said.

The Pakistan army fired at Indian positions with small arms, automatics and mortars in Poonch, reports said.

In a statement, Bhatt emphasised that the Pakistan Army should take steps to eliminate the credibility gap to ensure peace across the worldwide border.

The Indian Army DGMO further clarified that the army always maintained impeccable standards of professionalism and did not target civilians in any manner.

Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned Singh and "condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces" in Chirikot and Nezapir sectors today, the Foreign Office said.

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