Pakistan protests martyrdom of civilian in Indian ceasefire violation along LoC | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned acting Indian deputy high commissioner to its Foreign Office and recorded strong protest over June 12 ceasefire violation by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC), a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.

Pakistan’s acting director general (DG) South Asia and SAARC affairs summoned the acting Indian deputy high commissioner and condemned the ceasefire violation in Chirikot Sector, which resulted in the martyrdom of an innocent civilian, M Shakeel, a resident of Trothi village.

The Indian forces, along the LoC and the Working Boundary, have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas.

“In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 1100 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary, resulting in the martyrdom of 29 innocent civilians and injuries to 117 others,” the statement said.

This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017, when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations.

The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas was indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws, the spokesman said, terming the ceasefire violations by India a threat to regional peace and security that could lead to a “strategic miscalculation.”

The acting DG South Asia and SAARC urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement, investigate the June 12 violation and other incidents, and instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.

He also urged the Indian side to permit 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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