ISLAMABAD: India’s Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia was summoned to Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Monday to lodge a protest against ceasefire violations.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal handed over a dossier to Ahluwalia and condemned the continuous violation of the ceasefire agreement.
On Sunday, two Pakistani civilians were martyred when Indian army engaged in unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC). In a statement, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the Indian army “targeted civil population with mortars and Anti Tank Guided Missiles in Hot Spring Sector along LoC”.
According to the ISPR: “Two elderly innocent civilians Lal Muhamamd S/O of Muhamamd Din, age 75 years and Hassan Din S/O Lal Din age 61 years, residents of Village Nagrai embraced shahdat.”
Dr Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate the incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.
He stressed that India should permit UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
The Foreign Office in a statement mentioned that Indian occupation forces along the LoC and Working boundary continuously targeted civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-calibre mortars, and automatic weapons.
“The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws.
The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” the FO statement added.