Indian envoy summoned over LoC violation

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday - February 21, 2018
ISLAMABAD: South Asia and south Asian association for regional cooperation (SA/ SAARC) director general Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner J.P. Singh on Tuesday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations (CFVs) by the Indian occupation forces along the line of control (LoC) on February 19, 2018, in Khuiratta sector, Jijot Bahadar village, resulting in the martyrdom of Ayan Zahid, an 8 years old boy.

According to an official statement, despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in CFVs.

In 2018, the Indian forces carried out more than 335 CFVs along the LoC and the working boundary (WB), resulting in the martyrdom of 15 innocent civilians and injuries to 65 others.

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

The “deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas” especially ‘children’ is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws.

Earlier, on February 15, 2018, the Indian occupation forces deliberately targeted a school van leaving the children severely traumatised and martyred the driver. 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 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 (UN) security council resolutions.