Soldier, young boy martyred in Indian firing across LoC

Woman, 80-year-old man among four injured

By: News Desk      Published: 02:16 PM, 29 Sep, 2020
Soldier, young boy martyred in Indian firing across LoC

In yet another ceasefire violation in Kashmir, a Pakistan Army soldier Shafique and a young boy were martyred when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC), said a statement issued by the military’s media wing on Tuesday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, Indian army troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Baroh Tandar sector along LoC. Due to the indiscriminate firing, four civilians including a woman and an 80-year-old man sustained serious injuries.

The military’s media wing said that the Indian army deliberately targeted the civil population in Baroh Tandar sector along with the LoC. “Indian army intentionally has targeted the civilian population,” said the ISPR.

It said: “Sepoy Shafique who fought for the motherland with bravery embraced martyrdom.” A 15-year old boy who was the resident of Baroh Tandar was also martyred in the Indian army’s firing.

“Four civilians including a woman and an 80-year old man were among the injured,” said the ISPR DG. The injured who were the residents of Kartan village were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical care.

The ISPR said Pakistan Army effectively responded to Indian shelling and there were reports of heavy losses to Indian troops in men and material.

Indian envoy summoned

India’s Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia was summoned on Tuesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by Indian security forces at Line of Control.

Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces in Tandar Sector of LoC, 15-year-old Waleed s/o Muhammad Fareed was martyred while Misbah Begum, 25, Zaheer Abbas, 45, Qasim Sain, 80, and Suleman, 26 sustained serious injuries.

“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 Foreign Office said in a statement issued in Islamabad.

“These egregious violations of international law reflect consistent Indian attempts to escalate the situation along LoC and are a threat to regional peace and security,” it said.

It was added that by raising tensions along the LoC and the Working Boundary, India could not 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.

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 2387 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 19 martyrdom and serious injuries to 191 civilians.