What happened to this Indian Soldier at LoC ? As war still continues on both side.
The upper house of parliament has sought details of casualties suffered by the military during frequent cross-border exchanges with India along the Line of Control (LoC).
Minister of State for Power Abid Sher Ali, in response to a calling attention notice, gave a brief statement in the Senate on Tuesday about the situation along the LoC.
Speaking on behalf of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Ali provided civilian casualties only, saying: “Pakistan Army wants to withhold the information about the losses suffered by its troops due to security reasons’.”
This prompted a strong reaction from Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani.
The state minister said since the recent escalation of tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbours, at least 66 civilians have died while another 288 have been injured in Indian troops’ fire across Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC).
The military’s reluctance to share information led to a strong reaction from the Senate chairman. “Nothing can be withheld from parliament. I am not ready to accept this. Declare us irresponsible people, then [it will be] fair enough,” Rabbani said.
He asked his secretariat to keep the adjournment pending for yet another day and directed the government to either provide the details in an in-camera session of the Senate or submit them in his chamber.