Pak PM Abbasi preaches for peace at Pakistan Independence Day, Army violates ceasefire thrice in 24 hrs
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 14-Aug-2017

Islamabad, August 14: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in his independence day speech, sought peace with all the nations, on other hand Pakistani troops violates ceasefire three time in the past over 24 hours.

Giving special emphasis on its neighbours for peace, Abbasi said "Pakistan desires positive and constructive relation with all countries of world, especially with its neighbors on basis of sovereign equality in conformity with UN resolutions on subject with view to ensuring durable peace in the region".

Addressing the nation on its 70th Independence Day, Abbasi said that our government has invariably made efforts to initiate the process of meaningful dialogue and adoption of peaceful means to resolve the issues but unfortunately the expansionist designs of India have remained the main hurdle in this regard.

Abbasi, 58, was sworn-in as Pakistan's 18th prime minister on August 1 after the Supreme Court disqualified the incumbent Nawaz Sharif for dishonesty following the Panama papers scandal.

Meanwhile, Pakistani troops early on Sunday fired from small arms along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. This is third ceasefire violations along the LoC in Poonch district in the past over 24 hours.

“There was a brief ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Mankote sector of Poonch district early this morning”, a police officer said on Sunday. The officials also confirmed that there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.

On Saturday, Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Naib Sudebar Jagram Singh Tomar and a woman identified as Raqia Bi were killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice along the Line of Control (LoC) and shelled forward posts and villages in Poonch sector.

Till August 1 this year, there have been 285 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces. In 2016, the number was significantly less at 228.