Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia at the Foreign Office and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC).

The Indian envoy was summoned by Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Dr Mohammad Faisal over the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian forces on August 13 (Tuesday) in Hot Spring Sector in which a 38-year old innocent civilian Sarfaraz Ahmad, resident of village Laychayal, was martyred, the Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement.

Tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries remain high after the Hindu nationalist government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the special status for the occupied region of Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month.

“The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and Working Boundary have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-calibre mortars, and automatic weapons,” the statement said, adding that this “unprecedented escalation” in ceasefire violations by Indian forces has been going on since 2017, when they committed 1,970 such violations.

The statement termed the deliberate targeting of areas populated by civilians as “deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws”.

It added that India’s ceasefire violations were a threat to both regional peace and security, and “may lead to a strategic miscalculation”.

Two injured as India continues to target civilian population along LoC

Dr Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement. He asked New Delhi to investigate these as well as other incidents of ceasefire violations and to instruct Indian forces to respect the ceasefire “in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary”.

The FO spokesperson also urged the Indian side to allow the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per United Nations Security Council resolutions.