Faisal whips Singh on ceasefire violations martyring civilians

Staff Report
Sunday - January 21, 2018
ISLAMABAD: South Asia and south Asian association for regional cooperation (SA/SAARC) director general (DG) Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner J.P. Singh, on Saturday, and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LOC) and Working Boundary (WB), on Saturday, in Khuiratta, Bagsar and Khanjar Sectors, resulting in the martyrdom of one elderly civilian while two girls got injured; an official statement said.

According to detail, 60 years old innocent civilian Ghulam Ali got martyred in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Indian occupation troops, while a 6 years old Chaman bibi and a 27 years old Maria bibi got critically injured.

Furthermore, the number of casualties at the WB has also risen due to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by the Indian forces.

Four more innocent civilians embraced martyrdom while 20 were injured on January 18th and 19th.

The Indian forces along the LOC and the WB are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy mortars and automatic weapons.

In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 150 ceasefire violations along the LOC and the WB in just 20 days, resulting in the martyrdoms of 9 innocent civilians, while injuring 40 others.

This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations.

The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws.

The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

Faisal 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 should permit United Nations military observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the United Nations security council resolutions.