UN team visits LoC areas affected by Indian firing

ISPR says evidence of firing and ceasefire violations by India were shown to UN body team

Web Desk July 20, 2015
Security officials detail evidence of the incident, team also meets injured civilians. PHOTO: AFP

A team of the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) visited Sialkot Working Boundary on the Line of Control on Monday and inspected the sites affected by recent firing by Indian Border Security Force (BSF).

"The UNMOGIP visited areas most affected by recent Indian firing and were shown evidence of ceasefire violations, as Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said, according to Express News.

"Members of the UN team also inquired about the health of those wounded during firing in Sulehpor, Chaprar and Milanay sectors of the LoC," the statement added.

Read: Five killed in Indian BSF firing near Sialkot: ISPR

The visit comes after five people were killed and dozens others injured as Indian BSF resorted to unprovoked firing along the Working Boundary near Sialkot last week.

Pakistan Army on Friday registered India’s ceasefire violations with the UNMOGIP. According to the military’s media wing, the ISPR, Pakistan Army highlighted the Indian use of heavy mortars and machine guns on civil population living along the Working Boundary (WB) and the LoC. It also asked the UNMOGIP to use its good offices to investigate Indian ceasefire violations.

Read: Ceasefire violation: Pakistan lodges protest with UN military observers

Earlier, Pakistan’s Foreign Office had summoned Indian High Commissioner Dr T C A Raghavan and registered a strong protest with him over violation of Pakistani airspace by an Indian drone.

The two countries are also embroiled in a visa war. Both countries have accused each other of not issuing assignment visas to their diplomats and officials.

India maintains that Pakistan has not issued visas to its 12 officials including a naval attache, Pakistan has denied the charge.