Pakistan lodges protest with India over ceasefire violations along LoC

Pakistan lodges protest with India over ceasefire violations along LoC

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday summoned a senior diplomat from the Indian High Commission to register Pakistan's strong protest on the ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jandrot Sector on June 9, resulting in serious injuries to four innocent civilians.

According to a statement issued by the FO, 26 years old Nasreen Akhtar resident of Sandhara village, 24 years old Rabia and 7 years old Momina residents of Dera Sher Khan village, and 7 years old Munshi, resident of Bamroch village sustained injuries due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces.

Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-calibre mortars and automatic weapons.

In 2020 alone, India has committed 1,296 ceasefire violations and martyred seven civilians while injuring 98, the statement added.

"Targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian forces saying such senseless acts are in clear violations of the 2003 ceasefire understanding and are against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct," the statement added.

The FO statement said 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.

By raising tensions along the LoC and the working boundary, India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the statement said.

The Indian diplomat was called to respect the 2003 agreement and investigate this incident, as well as other such incidents.

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.