BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Core commander 10 core Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal on Friday said the violation of cease fire on the line of control cost Indian army dearly as it suffered double the causalities in the recent days.
“The number of our soldiers embraced martyrdom is about 20 while they lost over 40 soldiers,” said the core commander while addressing a selected gathering of parliamentarians and journalists at Gilgit. The gathering was also attended by chief minister Hafeezur Rehman and force commander G-B Major General Saqib Mehmood.
“If there is a violation of cease fire during the day, we settle the score before evening, but if it [the violation] take place during the night, we settle it before dawn,” said the core commander who earlier visited Khunjerab top – the entry point of multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC)- where he inaugurated an ATM machine. At 15397 ft, the ATM is said to be world’s highest cash drawing facility.
He said India had set up a special section within its intelligence apparatus to create hurdles in the CPEC. “But we are ready round the clock to foil nefarious design of the enemies.”
Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal, whose visit comes days after end of a 10-day long sit-in by a religious group on Karakoram Highway, asked public representatives to play their role in settling internal conflicts through negotiations instead of staging protest demonstrations on highways.
He said government was worried about the law and order situation of the G-B till recent past but the combined efforts by government and public representatives made the region one of the most peaceful areas of the world. “This is all because of the team work,” said the core commander adding the peace also led to increase of tourism in the region.
He hoped development would continue to take place with the support from locals. “The cadet college at Chilas and work on Gilgit-Skardu road would also be started after completion of the codal formalities soon.”
“Army is ready to eliminate terrorism no matter where and in which community it takes place,” he said, assuring the chief minister.
Published in Outpost on November 19, 2016