The Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to register Pakistan’s “strong protest” over the most recent ceasefire violations by Indian border forces alongside the Line of Control (LoC), which left two ladies injured a day earlier.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated in a tweet on Friday night that Indian troops had initiated “unprovoked ceasefire violation” in Rakhchikri and Baroh sectors alongside the LoC focusing on the civilian inhabitants.
“Due to [the] indiscriminate and unprovoked firing”, 35-year-old Shakeela Bibi, a resident of village Kirni and 40-year-old Nazia Bibi, a resident of village Gahi, sustained critical accidents, the FO spokesperson stated in an announcement.
“The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-calibre mortars and automatic weapons,” the press launch famous.
According to the FO, India has dedicated 1,697 ceasefire violations this yr thus far, leading to 14 deaths and critical accidents to 133 civilians.
Condemning the focusing on of harmless civilians by Indian forces as “deplorable”, the FO stated the Indian envoy was conveyed 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 assertion added.
It stated that by elevating tensions alongside the LoC and the WB, “India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation” in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The FO referred to as upon India to respect the 2003 ceasefire settlement and to “maintain peace along the LoC and the WB” together with investigating all such violations.
It additionally urged India to permit the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated position as per United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The closely militarised LoC that splits the disputed Himalayan area of Kashmir has been witnessing skirmishes and artillery duels in a critical breach of a truce settlement that the rival armies had signed in November 2003.
Tensions between the 2 nations have remained excessive after the Hindu nationalist authorities of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the particular standing of Indian-occupied Kashmir in August final yr.
Last Sunday, six civilians, together with a lady and her younger daughter, have been injured in two districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir as a result of firing by Indian border troops from throughout the restive LoC.