Pakistan protests with India over ceasefire violations

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner here in the federal capital to protest the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC).
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Dr Mohammad Faisal, the Director General South Asia and SAARC, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner Guarav Ahluwalia and condemned the ceasefire violations.
“Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by Indian Army in Chirikot Sector of LOC, an old lady Nazira Begum w/o Muhammad Hussain, aged 69 years, resident of village Kakuta embraced Shahadat, while three other civilians, Manzoor s/o Ashraf aged 43 years, Jamil s/o Misri aged 40 years and Mushtaq s/o Ghulam Muhammad aged 46 years, residents of village Kakuta sustained serious injuries,” said the statement.
It said the Indian occupation forces along the LoC and Working Boundary have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars, and automatic weapons, which still continues.
“This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations”.
Pakistan said the deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights, and humanitarian laws.
Dr Faisal urged India to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit; and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.
He said the Indian side should permit the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

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