FO summons Indian envoy post unprovoked LoC ceasefire violations

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson of the Foreign Office Dr Mohammad Faisal on Wednesday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to record Pakistan’s protest over the “unprovoked ceasefire violations” along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary by Indian forces.

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Three Pakistani civilians were martyred when the Indian army engaged in unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC). In a statement, FO said the Indian army “targeted civil population with mortars across LoC”.

According to the FO: “55-year old man named Ghulam Qadir, a 12-year old girl named Maryam, and a 10-year old boy named Haider Ali embraced shahdat while eight other innocent civilians were wounded.”

Indian forces deployed along the LoC are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons, which is in violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement, said the press release.

The statement reads, “this unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1,970 ceasefire violations.”

The Foreign Office dubbed the “deliberate targeting” of civilians as “deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights, and humanitarian laws” and warned that the constant violations by the Indian forces “may lead to a strategic miscalculation”.

Dr Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement. He asked them to probe these as well as other incidents and to instruct Indian forces to respect the ceasefire “in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary”.

The Foreign Office spokesperson also urged the Indian side to allow the United Nations Military Observers Mission for India and Pakistan to play its directive role as per United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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