Islamabad, November 12, 2020 (PPI-OT): A senior Indian diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today, to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC), yesterday, resulting in serious injuries to one innocent civilian. 26-year-old Sagheer Ahmed, son of Rasheed Ahmed, resident of Village Kirni, sustained serious injuries due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian forces in Rakhchikri Sector of the LoC.
The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons. This year, India has committed 2660 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 20 martyrdoms and serious injuries to 203 innocent civilians.
Condemning the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian forces, it was underscored that such senseless acts were in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, and were 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.
It was added that by raising tensions along the LoC and the WB, India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). 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.
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