Army’s refusal to share LoC casualty stats irks Rabbani

Published: June 7, 2017
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File photo of a Pakistani soldier along the Line of Control. PHOTO: ISPR

File photo of a Pakistani soldier along the Line of Control. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: 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’.”

“We have written to the GHQ for the details of our soldiers who have lost their lives serving along the LoC. However, the military authorities refused to share the details citing security concerns,” the state minister said.

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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.

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In case the government opts to submit the details in his chamber, every senator would be allowed to see the written information.

The opposition also criticised the foreign policy of successive regimes towards Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion.

Senators Mushahid Hussain Syed, Hafiz Humdullah, Tahir Mashahdi, Taj Haider and Rehman Mailk took part in the discussion started through an adjournment motion. The motion was filed on May 31 to discuss the incident of firing by Afghan security forces on a census team operating inside the residential areas of Pakistan at the Chaman border point.

Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is likely to attend the house tomorrow to give a policy statement on the matter.

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Moreover, the Senate is likely to approve its standing committee’s recommendations on next year’s budget. After the Senate’s approval, the recommendations would be sent to the National Assembly.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • SuperNeo
    Jun 7, 2017 - 8:52AM

    Truth will never come.bcoz that will exoise the false stories they have been telling to nation sonce 70 year’s.
    Btw question is very Democratic and meaningful.Recommend

  • Sm
    Jun 7, 2017 - 8:55AM

    One wonders whyRecommend

  • Ghazal
    Jun 7, 2017 - 9:05AM

    So casualty figures appearing on Indian newspapers are more closer to truth.Recommend

  • onlooker
    Jun 7, 2017 - 9:07AM

    Dear Chairman, please ask Indian Army. They have the exact details of causalities suffered by Pakistan Army. Recommend

  • Sid
    Jun 7, 2017 - 9:37AM

    Don’t force the army. They will lie anyways. And like Bangladesh keep saying all is well until…well until…the indians give you a bigger bootRecommend

  • AbdulJabbar Puthiyaveetil
    Jun 7, 2017 - 10:11AM

    So we should assume that there was heavy casualties inside P-army as claimed by I-armyRecommend

  • JKhan
    Jun 7, 2017 - 10:16AM

    The recent actions of Raza Rabbani should convince people of Pakistan that Mr Rabbani is unfit to remain Chairman Senate. He should be investigated for his totally anti Democratic and anti State actions in last two days. Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jun 7, 2017 - 11:02AM

    ISPR internal speculation & propaganda reporting agency will never reveal the truth.Your troops are getting hammered daily and the army refuses to acknowledge it’s dead.The cover fire for infiltration of trained Terrorists crossing a to a India has reduced drastically​ and the bases are getting pounded to facilitate this.Recommend

  • Amir
    Jun 7, 2017 - 11:19AM

    pakistan civilian government, be careful who you askRecommend

  • PrakashG
    Jun 7, 2017 - 12:18PM

    First the army has to learn to count – apparently they can’t tell the difference between 2 and 50.Recommend

  • Pukubanger
    Jun 7, 2017 - 12:42PM

    You must thank your Army, they always try to please you by going to any length. Right now they are going to release a video of Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan. In this video, you will be thrilled to watch Pakistan bowling out India for zero, and winning by 1800 runs with 12 wickets intact. That is one reason to love your Army. Recommend

  • Sean
    Jun 7, 2017 - 1:11PM

    Why Hindus and Indians are allowed to comment, why their comments have been published? Can Editor or any Pakistani dare to even comment on Indian Newspapers, they don’t allow and publish.Recommend

  • Atif
    Jun 7, 2017 - 1:30PM

    Obviously it is not in their interest to share this statistic.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Jun 7, 2017 - 1:32PM

    @Sean: “Why Hindus and Indians are allowed to comment…? “
    You have a Christian name and you’re allowed to comment. Why not them?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 7, 2017 - 1:36PM

    ISPR has in the past disclosed deaths of Pakistani soldiers.The parliament wants details..something which the army does not want to share to avoid giving away any tactical information.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/over-4500-soldiers-killed-along-loc-in-pak-firing-since-2001-army-3738096/Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 7, 2017 - 1:37PM

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