Pakistan summons Indian envoy over unprovoked ceasefire violations along LoC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia on Wednesday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control earlier this week.

The Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned the Indian envoy after seven civilians were injured and one martyred in the past two days following ceasefire violations along the LoC. Four civilians—Muhammad Yousaf, Muhammad Shahzad, Mrs. Akbar Jaan and Mrs. Kousar Parveen—were injured in Nezapir, Rakhchikri, Hotspring and Jandrot sectors along the Line of Control on Monday. On Tuesday, civilian Muhammad Attique, an eighteen years old boy and resident of Jugal Pal, was martyred and three women—Fareeda Begum, Azmat Begum and Rehmat Bibi—sustained injuries in Kotkottera and Khuiratta sectors along the LoC. On the same day, Indian troops targeted innocent civilians travelling in a civilian bus in Bagsar sector. In a press statement here today, the Pakistan's Foreign Office said that this was not only in clear violation of the existing arrangement between the two neighbouring countries, but also unethical and immoral. "The Indian forces along the Line of Control and the Working boundary are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations," it said. The Foreign Office said India's deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas was deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. "The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation," it warned. Dr Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate these and other incidents of violation, instruct Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. He further urged the Indian side to permit the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

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