RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said India has blatantly violated the ceasefire along Working Boundary and Line of Control (LoC).

His statement came shortly after nine civilians, including a woman and child, were killed and 47 others wounded at working boundary due to unprovoked Indian shelling on Thursday morning.

According to the ISPR, 24 women and 11 children were among the injured.

“India has crossed all limits to terrorise Pakistani civilian population disregarding international conventions and norms,” General Sharif said.

“We can sense a definite linkage between terrorism being sponsored by India in various parts of Pakistan and belligerence along the LoC and working boundary,” he said.

He added that Indian firing and violation targeting civilians is highly unprofessional, unethical, irresponsible and cowardly act.

The army chief visited Rangers Headquarters, where he briefed about the unprovoked Indian shelling.

The COAS appreciated the high morale of deployed troops and civilians and commended Rangers’ befitting response.

Later, he visited the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Sialkot to inquire about the health of injured civilans and directed concerned to ensure best possible treatment.

It is pertinent to mention here that the chiefs of the Pakistan Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) are still scheduled to meet on Sept 9 in New Delhi, where the two sides are expected to discuss the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary.