FO summons Indian envoy over LoC violations

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – October 12, 2019
ISLAMABAD: The foreign office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia, again on Friday, and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations (CFVs) by the Indian occupation forces, along the line of control (LoC) in Sharda, Nezapir, Satwal and Bagsar sectors on October 10th.

According to an official statement, due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by Indian army in Sharda sector of LOC, one innocent child Faizan son of (s/o) Faiz Mir aged 10 years embraced martyrdom and other 16 innocent civilians, including 6 children and two ladies, sustained serious injuries.

In addition to that, two got injured including a lady in Nezapir, three got injured including a child and a lady in Satwal sector, and one got injured in Bagsar sector. 

The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the working boundary (WB) have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars, and automatic weapons, which still continues.

Meanwhile, according to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement on Thursday, the Indian army troops CFVs in Baroh and Chirikot sector along the LoC resulted in the martyrdom of Sepoy Naimat Wali while two women in Serian village got injured.

Pakistan army troops targeted Indian army posts in response. The Indian army post got substantially damaged, there are reports of casualties to Indian troops.

According to the FO, 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.

South Asia and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SA & SAARC) director general (DG) urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate these and other incidents of CFVs; 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 should permit the United Nations (UN) military observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.