Pakistan lodges protest with India over LoC firing

Published: April 4, 2017
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Pakistan on Monday lodged protest with India over the unprovoked firing along the Line of Control that resulted in the killing of an 18-year-old civilian.

Muhammad Attique Qureshi, son of Muhammad Khalil Qureshi, was killed on April 1 when Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing along Chirikot sector.

The Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned by Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr Mohammad Faisal who condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Indian occupation forces.

“Deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” he said.

The director general urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; 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.

LoC firing leaves one civilian injured

Meanwhile, the United Nations military observer group mandated to monitor the ceasefire violations in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region is investigating the reported violations in the Azad Kashmir side of the Line of Control, a spokesman for the UN secretary-general said, while urging India and Pakistan to find a peaceful solution of the issue through dialogue.

“Alleged cease-fire violations are being investigated by the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in the Pakistan administered side of the Line of Control at Domel, Kotli and Bhimber, where the security situation has been tense,” spokesman Stephne Dujarric said in a statement.

The UN has been voicing concerns over the continuing tensions between India and Pakistan.

“We continue to underline the need for the parties to find a peaceful solution through engagement and dialogue,” the statement added.

UNMOGIP was deployed in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

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