Pakistan summons Indian deputy HC, lodges protest over LoC ceasefire violations

Pakistan summons Indian deputy HC, lodges protest over LoC ceasefire violations

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with India over its recent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

The Foreign Office (FO) on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the LoC.

FO spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal handed over a dossier to Ahluwalia and condemned the continuous violation of the ceasefire agreement.

On August 18, two Pakistani civilians were martyred in “unprovoked” Indian firing at the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Indian Army "targeted civil population with mortars and Anti Tank Guided Missiles in Hot Spring Sector along LOC".

"Two elderly innocent civilians Lal Muhamamd S/O of Muhamamd Din, age 75 years and Hassan Din S/O Lal Din age 61 years, residents of Village Nagrai embraced shahdat," the military's media wing said.

In its retaliatory fire, the Pakistan Army reportedly killed two Indian Army soldiers and injured many others.

In a statement, the FO spokesperson said the Indian occupation forces have continuously been violating the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, which needs to be respected. He said the intended targeting of civilians is condemnable.

The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security, and may lead to a strategic miscalculation, he added.

Dr Mohammad Faisal urged the Indian side to instruct its 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 United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.