India martyrs four civilians across the LOC

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – February 28, 2019
ISLAMABAD: South Asia/South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SA/SAARC) director general (DG) Mohammad Faisal summoned the Indian acting high commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia on Wednesday, condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations (CFVs) by the Indian occupation forces along the line of control (LOC) on Tuesday in Nikial and Khuiratta sectors, resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians.

According to an official statement, civilian females Mottia, Zarina, Shehnaz and civilian male Gulfaraz got martyred while at least 6 others were injured.

The Indian forces along the LOC and the working boundary (WB) are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons.

This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations 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. 

Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate this 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 United Nations Military Observor Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the United Nations Security Council resolutions.