LoC/WB ceasefire breach martyrs two civilians: FO

Staff Report
Monday - January 22, 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 Sunday, and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB) on January 20-21, resulting in the martyrdom of two civilians; an official statement said.

According to detail, the latest violation by Indian occupation forces occurred on January 20-21, when 18 Indian posts resorted to unprovoked firing with mortars and heavy weapons in the Nikial sector at the LoC.

Resultantly, there were two innocent civilians Dil Muhammad son of (s/o) Jan Muhammad, 33 years old, resident of (r/o) Bhai Dhara Village and Nafeesa bibi wife of (w/o) Kamran, 25 years old, r/o Raetla Village in Karela embraced martyrdoms.

Meanwhile, Sahiba bibi w/o Majid age 26 years, Noor bibi daughter of (d/o) Majid, age 6 months and Naseema bibi w/o Khadim Hussain age 38 years have been injured and evacuated to the Kotli district headquarters hospital.

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

The repeated 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 and investigate the repeated incidents of ceasefire violations.

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.