Pakistan summons Indian envoy to lodge protest over LoC ceasefire violations

Pakistan summons Indian envoy to lodge protest over LoC ceasefire violations

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Indian Charge d’Affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday to register Pakistan's strong protest over ceasefire violation by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday.

In a statement, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said one innocent civilian was martyred and three other injured in indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces in Hotspring and Jandrot Sectors of the LoC.

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

This year, India has committed more than 3,012 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 28 shahadats and serious injuries to 253 innocent civilians.

Condemning the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces, it was underscored that such senseless acts are in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, and are also against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct.

“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,” the FO statement said.

The Indian side was called upon to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, investigate this and other such incidents of deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the WB.

“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,” the FO statement said.