Pakistan and India are at each other’s throat now days. From surgical strike threats to verbal war in UN General Assembly Sessions, everything is on the table right now. In this scenario of hostility between the two nuclear powers, Indian Army may have gone too far when they attacked the helicopter of the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider.
A helicopter carrying AJK Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider and some members of his cabinet was attacked by the Indian army from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday.
Firing on the civilian helicopter took place at Tarori village near the LoC in Haveli District of Azad Kashmir, where the AJK premier went to condole the death of a colleague’s elder brother.
However, Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider is safe and sound and there is no report of any human or material loss.
While talking to journalists in Islamabad, he termed the incident as cowardice act on the part of India. He said India out of frustration arising due to its failure to crush the resistance put up by the people of Kashmir is trying to create an atmosphere of war in the region.
The Indian warmongering is also aimed at to deflect world attention from the gross violation of Kashmiris’ human rights that have been exposed UN Human Rights Commission report, PM Haider added.
President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan strongly condemned the attack by Indian occupation forces on the AJK PM’s helicopter.
He said that such acts by the Indian forces will not intimidate our leadership and civilians in their struggle towards ascertaining the right to self-determination, in the light and guidelines of UN Resolutions, of Kashmiris living under oppressive Indian rule.
Border forces stationed on both sides of the LoC regularly report to each other about aerial movement over the disputed border. The aerial movement of AJK PM was already informed to the Indian security forces and the helicopter’s white colour clearly indicated that it was a civilian chopper.
Another thing to notice is the timing of this event. The incident comes a day after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi criticised the Indian government for its human rights violations in the Indian-occupied Kashmir and its failure to initiate bilateral peace talks between the two countries on the sidelines of UN General Assembly.