Pakistan Army registers protest with UN over ceasefire violations

ISPR says army has asked UN body to use its offices to investigate Indian ceasefire violations

Web Desk July 17, 2015

Pakistan Army on Friday registered a complaint with United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) against  Indian army's  recent ceasefire violations.

"Pakistan Army highlighted the Indians' use of heavy mortars and machine guns on civil population, living along working boundary and line of control, which resulted in the death of four civilians and injured five others during the last two days," the Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

"UNMOGIP was asked to use its good offices to investigate Indian ceasefire violations," it added.

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Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan reiterated its commitment to peace after unprovoked firing by Indian forces along the working border near Sialkot left at least four civilians dead. The attacks came a day after the military shot down an Indian ‘spy’ drone near the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Kashmir.

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Further, on Thursday the Foreign office summoned the Indian high commissioner and lodged a strong protest over the cross-border attacks by the Indian forces as well as the airspace violation by the Indian drone the other day. The Indian envoy was told the drone had entered Pakistan’s airspace in violation of international laws and infringed upon the country’s territorial integrity.

These developments come days after an ice-breaking meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in the Russian city of Ufa, where both sides decided to resume the dialogue process stalled since mid-2014.

PM Modi is scheduled to visit the scenic Kashmir Valley on Friday (today) to celebrate Eid with its residents. A huge financial package for the state is also expected to be announced. But the exchange of fire may put a damper on his visit.