India recently claimed to have destroyed three terror camps across the border in Pakistan, which was rejected by Islamabad. Pakistan on Tuesday took members of the diplomatic corps to the Line of Control (LoC) as part of efforts to expose India’s claims of targeting so-called “terror launch pads” in the volatile region.
“Claims by the Indian Army Chief remain just that ‘claims’ … The Indian side has not joined us in the visit to LoC neither have they provided coordinates of the alleged ‘launchpads’,” Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a series of tweets early on Tuesday.
The Indian side has not joined us in the visit to LoC neither have they provided coordinates of the alleged “launchpads”.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) October 22, 2019
Pakistan Army Spokesman – Asif Ghafoor also criticised India’s decision to refuse Pakistan’s invite. “What good Indian High Commission is which can’t stand with its Army Chief? Indian High Commission staff didn’t have the moral courage to accompany fellow diplomats in Pakistan to LOC,” he said in a tweet
What good Indian High Commission is which can’t stand with its Army Chief? Indian High Commission staff didn’t have the moral courage to accompany fellow diplomats in Pakistan to LOC. However, a group of foreign diplomats & media is on the way to LOC to see the truth on ground.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) October 22, 2019
The visit has been organised by Pakistan in the wake of Sunday’s deadly exchange at the LoC sparked by India’s ceasefire violations. Soon after the LoC clashes, Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat had claimed that “three terror launch pads” were destroyed and several alleged terrorists were killed on the Pakistani side.
However, the Pakistan Army strongly rebutted the Indian claims, terming it part of New Delhi’s attempts to divert attention from the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian COAS’ statement claiming destruction of 3 alleged camps in AJK is disappointing as he holds a very responsible appointment. There are no camps let alone targeting those. Indian Embassy in Pakistan is welcome to take any foreign diplomat / media to ‘prove’ it on ground.1/2.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) October 20, 2019
“The propensity of false claims by senior Indian military leadership, especially since the Pulwama incident, is detrimental to peace in the region. Such false claims by the Indian army are being made to suit vested interests. This is against professional military ethics,” Maj Gen Ghafoor had said in a statement.
Indians have no grounds to support false claim made by their COAS. If they don’t want to go they have the option to share claimed targeted locations with our foreign office. We will take foreign diplomats & media tomorrow on those given locations. Let all see facts on ground. https://t.co/vaWaSymRbm
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) October 21, 2019