FO summons Indian envoy over ‘unprovoked’ firing along LoC

Islamabad: Pakistan summoned India’s deputy high commissioner here for the fourth consecutive day today over the alleged “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC) which resulted in the death of two people.

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In a statement, it claimed that the latest violation by Indian forces occurred on 20-21 January, when 18 Indian posts resorted to “unprovoked firing” with mortars and heavy weapons in the Nikial sector at the LoC. The firing killed two civilians – a 33-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman – and injured another women and a girl, the Foreign Office said.

Moreover, Sahiba, Naseema and six-month-old Noor were injured in the incident and have been shifted to the Kotli District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.

“The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed 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,” statement added.

FO has urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement and investigate the repeated incidents of ceasefire violations.

In 2018, Indian forces have carried out more than 150 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 20 days.

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