Envoy summoned as 11-year-old girl martyred in Indian firing across LoC

By: News Desk      Published: 12:11 PM, 13 Sep, 2020
Envoy summoned as 11-year-old girl martyred in Indian firing across LoC
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An 11-year-old girl was martyred and several others including an old woman were injured when Indian army soldiers resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control in Azad Kashmir on Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to ISPR, the Indian soldiers targeted civilian population with automatic weapons and heavy mortar bombardment in Hot Spring and Rakhchikri Sectors, which resulted in the death of the young girl and injuries to four people including two children and a 75-year-old woman.

In retaliation, Pakistan Army jawans responded effectively targeting those Indian posts which initiated fire across the Line of Control on the civilian population in Azad Kashmir.

The trigger-happy Indian army is in habit of violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir every now and then.

On September 10 last, the Indian army troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Bedori sector of Kashmir along the LoC, targeting the civilian population.

Three people got injured as a result of Indian firing. Pakistan Army troops responded effectively to the Indian firing.

This came on the heels of another such incident on Sept 9 when Indian forces opened fire in the Bedori sector from across the LoC, resulting in the martyrdom of a Pakistan Army soldier. Indian Army troops initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation (CFV) in Bedori Sector along LOC, targeting Pakistan Army posts and civil population. Pakistan Army responded effectively," the ISPR had said in a statement.

"There are reports of heavy losses to the enemy in terms of men and material. During the exchange of intense fire, Havaldar Liaqat, age 39 years, resident of District Chakwal, embraced shahadat."

Indian envoy summoned to register protest

Indian Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sunday to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on the night between 11th and 12th September 2020, resulting in one shahadat and serious injuries to four innocent civilians.

The Foreing Office Spokesperson in a statement issued said, “Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces in Hotspring and Rakhchikri Sectors of the LoC, 10 year old Iqra Qamrez d/o Muhammad Qamrez, resident of Village Dera Sahib Zadian embraced shahadat while 16 year old Muhammad Iqrar s/o Muhammad Qamrez; 75 year old Motia Begum w/o Muhammad Zaman, residents of Village Dera Sahib Zadian; 8 year old Khwaar Ahmed s/o Saif Ullah; and 40 year old Murtaza Khan s/o Saif Ullah, residents of Village Degwar, sustained serious injuries.”

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 2225 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 18 shahadats and serious injuries to 176 innocent civilians, the FO spokesperson said.

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, the statement reads.

Pakistan Foreign Office said 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 Illegally Occupied Jammu & 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.