Pakistan flays India on martyring civilians across LoC

Staff Report
Tuesday - February 6, 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 Monday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the line of control (LoC) on February 4th, 2018, in Nezapir, Nikial and Karela sectors, resulting in the martyrdom of two innocent civilians.

According to an official statement, the martyred civilians are an 18 years old Rafaqat Ali resident of (r/o) Kalar Gali village and 25 years old Tasleem Begum r/o Plani village.

The Indian cowardly “ceasefire violation targeting civilians across the LoC” also injured 7 others, including two children in Mandhar, Ghim Mohra, Soban oli, and Plani villages.

The Indian forces along the LoC and the working boundary (WB) are continuously targeting the “civilian populated areas” with heavy mortars and automatic weapons.

In 2018, the Indian forces carried out more than 190 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the WB to date, resulting in the martyrdom of 13 innocent civilians, while injuring 65 others.

This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1,970 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 and tranquility 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.