Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over truce breaches

Diplomatic protest lodged after young woman critically wounded in Indian firing on civilian population


Our Correspondent January 25, 2020
File photo of Foreign Office in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has summoned a senior diplomat at the foreign ministry to register “strong protest” over unabated violations of the 2003 ceasefire agreement by Indian border guards along the heavily-miltarised Line of Control (LoC).

“A senior diplomat from the High Commission of India was summoned to the Foreign Office, today, to register Pakistan’s strong protest at the ceasefire violations by Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC), resulting in serious injuries to an innocent civilian lady,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Office said in a statement on Saturday.

A 21-year-old woman, identified as Laiba, w/o Naqeeb, resident of village Serian, was critically injured due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian forces in Chirikot Sector of the LoC on Jan 25, 2020, according to the spokesperson.

The Indian troops deliberately targeted civil population, the military’s media wing added. The injured young woman was evacuated to a nearby medical facility.

Civilian injured in Indian firing along LoC: ISPR

“Condemning the targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces, it was underscored that such senseless Indian acts, in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding and complete disregard for international human rights and international norms, further vitiate the tense atmosphere along the LoC and pose a threat to regional peace and stability,” the spokesperson said.

“It was also emphasised that by raising tensions along the LoC and the working boundary (WB), India cannot divert attention from the worsening human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K),” it added.

The Narendra Modi-led government revoked the semi-autonomous status of IOJ&K on August 5, 2019 after sending tens of thousands of troops in the already heavily-militarised disputed region to quell any uprising against New Delhi’s illegal and unconstitutional move.

The region remains under siege ever since with a complete information and communication blockade, while top local political leaders are in detention. The Modi government is now reluctantly easing the draconian curbs after drawing flak from the international community.

“Pakistan called upon the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; investigate this and other incidents of deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the WB,” the spokesperson said.

It was also urged that India should permit the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

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