Pakistan lodges protest with India over ceasefire violations along LoC

Pakistan lodges protest with India over ceasefire violations along LoC

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

Director General South Asia and SAARC Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia at the Foreign Office (FO) in Islamabad on Monday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the LoC on September 28 and 29.

Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by Indian Army in Nikial and Rakhchikri Sectors of LoC, Salamat Bibi, 60, and Zeeshan Ayub, 13, lost their lives. Also, a woman in Nikial Sector and two other civilians including another woman in Rakhchikri Sector sustained serious injuries.

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.