Pakistan summons Indian envoy again over ceasefire violations
The Indian Charge d’affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on December 22, 2020, resulting in one shahadat and serious injuries to three innocent civilians.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhary said in a statement that due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces in Hotspring and Jandrot Sectors of the LoC on December 22, 2020, 50-year-old Khadeeja w/o Abdul Rahman, resident of Grid Janubi village embraced martyrdom and 16-year-old Samar s/o Muhammad Azeem resident of Grid Janubi village, 18-year-old Aneela Kausar d/o Muhammad Pervez resident of Barmoch village, 4-year-old Muhammad Seemab s/o Muhammad Ramazan resident of Tanoon village, 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-calibre mortars, and automatic weapons. In 2020, the Indian occupation forces have carried out 3012 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 28 shahadats and serious injuries to 253 innocent civilians,” said the FO spokesperson.
Condemning the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces, FO spokesperson 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 Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).”
“The 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.”