Senior Indian diplomat summoned to register Pakistan’s protest
ISLAMABAD, MAY 20 / DNA / = A senior Indian diplomat was summoned to register Pakistan’s strong protest over the ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nikial Sector, on 19th May 2020, resulting in serious injuries to three innocent civilians.
Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces, 18 years old Karam Din s/o Allah Din and 20 years old Muhammad Rizwan s/o Muhammad Taj, r/o Ooli village; and 30 years old Hafiz Ilyas s/o Muhammad Sharif, r/o Khanni village, sustained serious injuries.
The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons. In 2020, India has so far committed 1101 ceasefire violations.
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. It was added that by raising tensions along the LoC and the WB, India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).
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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