Pakistan lodges strong protest with India over ceasefire violations along LoC

Pakistan lodges strong protest with India over ceasefire violations along LoC
Islamabad: A senior Indian diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday to register Pakistan’s strong protest over the ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) yesterday, resulting in serious injuries to six innocent civilians.

Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces in Rakhchikri and Khuiratta Sectors of the LoC, on 12th July, 57-year-old Naseem Bibi, 35-year-old Shabnum Bibi, 11-year-old Adeeba, 20-year-old Adil Hameed, 32-year-old Pervez and 35-year-old Javed Hussain sustained serious injuries in Kirni, Jijot Bahadar and Jagalpal village.

The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons. This year, India has committed 1659 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 14 shahadats and serious injuries to 129 innocent civilians.

Condemning the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces, it was underscored that such senseless acts are in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, and are also against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct. These egregious violations of international law reflect consistent Indian attempts to escalate the situation along the LoC and are a threat to regional peace and security. It was added that by raising tensions along the LoC and the WB, India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).

Indian side was called upon to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; investigate this and other such incidents of deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the WB. The Indian side was also urged to allow the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.