Another LoC victim succumbs to martyrdom

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – March 3, 2018
ISLAMABAD: South Asia and south Asian association for regional cooperation (SA/ SAARC) acting director summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner J.P. Singh on Friday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations (CFVs) by the Indian occupation forces along the line of control (LoC) on Thursday, in Bhimber, Samahini sectors resulting in the martyrdom of an innocent civilian Zafar Iqbal son of (s/o) Noor Muhammad resident of (r/o) Nihala village, while injuring his wife and child.

According to an official statement, despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in CFVs. In 2018, the Indian forces carried out more than 415 CFVs along the LoC and the working boundary (WB), resulting in the martyrdom of 20 innocent civilians and injuries to 71 others.

This unprecedented escalation in CFVs by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1,970 CFVs.

The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. The CFVs by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

The acting director general urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the WB.

He urged that the Indian side permits united nations military observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN security council resolutions.