Interior Minister condemns Indian shelling

SIALKOT: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday strongly condemned the Indian shelling on Sialkot border villages in which several civilians were killed and some others injured.

He was talking to the media after enquiring about the health of injured here at Combined Military Hospital (CMH). Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid also accompanied him.

The Interior Minister said that India was shelling the Sialkot border villages by violating the ceasefire agreement, adding Pakistan would give tit-for-tat response to India.

He said that India was resorting to unprovoked shelling just to divert world’s attention from the burning Kashmir Issue, as Pakistan had successfully highlighted the core issue at international fora.

He said that Armed Forces of Pakistan had the capability to defend every inch of the motherland, besides, giving answer to the enemy in a befitting manner.

Talking to the media, Zahid Hamid said the government had approved a multi-phased project of establishing special bunkers in Sialkot border villages which would enable the villagers to take shelter during Indian BSF shelling.

He said the construction work on the project would soon be started in collaboration with the Pak Army and the Punjab Rangers as well.

Earlier, local senior officials of the Punjab Rangers gave a comprehensive briefing on the operational, security and training aspects.

The Federal Ministers appreciated the high morale and state of preparedness of the valiant soldiers of Punjab Rangers, who are selflessly contributing towards safer and peaceful Pakistan.

Later, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid visited the Indian BSF shelling-hit Sialkot border villages in Charwah, Sucheetgarh and Harpal Sectors.

Both the ministers met local people especially with the aggreived families and expressed complete solidarity with them.

They said that the whole Pakistani nation was ready to even sacrifice their lives for defending every inch of the motherland.

MNA Ch. Armughan Subhani, MPAs Ch. Tariq Subhani, Ch. Mohammad Ikram, Rana Mohammad Afzal, Rana Liaqat Ali, Sialkot Deputy Commissioner Dr. Farrukh Naveed and local senior officials of the Punjab Rangers were also present on the occasion.