Debunking New Delhi’s claim, Pakistan invites Indian envoy to visit Line of Control


Shafaqna Pakistan:In an unprecedented move, Pakistan has invited Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia for a visit to areas along the Line of Control (LoC) to dispel New Delhi’s claims of destroying alleged terror camps in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

A foreign office source said Ahluwalia, who is the acting Indian high commissioner in Pakistan, has been invited along with other heads of diplomatic missions to give them a first-hand account of the ground situation at the LoC.

Diplomatic sources told The Express Tribune that the Indian high commission was currently considering Pakistan’s invitation and would likely inform the Foreign Office later on Monday evening.

Pakistan inviting an Indian envoy to tour its side of the LoC would always be a major development but the move holds even greater significance at a time when tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors are at a peak.

Islamabad’s move comes a day after nine Indian soldiers were killed and several others injured as Pakistan Army “effectively responded” to India’s unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC in which five innocent civilians were martyred.

Following Sunday’s violent exchange, the Foreign Office had categorically rejected Indian media reports regarding “so-called launchpads” being targeted by Indian forces along the LoC.

SA & Saarc Director General Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned Ahluwalia to register a protest over the unprovoked ceasefire violations.