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Jammu: Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement by opening unprovoked firing at Indian positions along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, on a day people in the state were busy celebrating Eid.

File Photo. Indian border.
File Photo. Indian border.

Defence ministry spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta said, “The Pakistan Army opened to unprovoked firing on our positions on the Line of Control (LoC) today (Saturday) afternoon in Poonch district.

“They are using small arms and automatic weapons. Our troops have retaliated using same caliber weapons. Firing exchanges are still going on in the area.”

Pakistan army had fired at Indian positions on the LoC on Friday also.

Colonel Mehta said, “Pakistan had resorted to unprovoked firing across the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district yesterday (Friday) also. The firing started started at 9.25 p.m. yesterday (Friday).

“Pakistani troops opened small arms fire on Indian troops deployed in forward posts in Nowshera sector. The intermittent fire lasted till 11.55 p.m. Troops on our side of LoC retaliated appropriately.”

“No casualty or damage reported till last reports came in,” Mehta added.

Saturday’s violation of the 2003 bilateral ceasefire agreement by Pakistan came on a day when millions of Muslims were celebrating the Eid-ul-Fitr.

(IANS)

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Women of Pakistan Protest Against Workplace Harassment, Child Marriage

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded "the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country"

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, women took to the streets across Pakistan on Friday to protest against sexual harassment in the workplace, child marriage ‘honour killings, wage inequalities and limited political representation.

Organisers hope that the “aurat march” (women’s march) and “aurat azadi march” (women’s liberation march) will draw attention to the struggle for reproductive, economic, and social justice across in Pakistan, reports the Guardian.

The first “Aurat March” was held last year in Karachi; this time, the rally has been extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana and Hyderabad.

The aim is to reach ordinary women in factories, homes and offices, says Nighat Dad, an “aurat march” organiser in Lahore.

“We want an organic movement by women demanding equal access to justice and ending discrimination of all kinds.”

Speakers at the Lahore march ranged from a woman fighting to reform marriage laws to the women who worked on the landmark Punjab Domestic Workers’ Act — a legislation that outlaws child labour in homes and provides maternity benefits to workers.

Another activist, Leena Ghani, noted that Pakistani women have a history of taking to the streets, famously during military dictator Zia ul-Haq’s martial law in the 1980s.

Krishna Kumari works in her office in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Feb. 12, 2018. VOA

While Pakistan has made major strides towards gender equality, poorer, marginalised women and transgender citizens continue to struggle, Ghani added.

Designer Shehzil Malik created a series of striking posters for the “aurat march” that counter typical representations of Pakistani women as docile and subservient.

Women are also protesting against discriminatory policies in universities, where male and female students are afforded different levels of freedom, the Guardian said.

A Pakistani university recently caused a furore on social media by banning women from wearing skinny jeans and sleeveless shirts.

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In his message on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to providing women a safe environment so that they could contribute to the country’s development, Dawn news reported.

“We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring women a secure and enabling environment to play their rightful role in our nation’s development.”

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded “the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country”. (IANS)