UN team visits LoC areas affected by Indian firing

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

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.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Bahubali
    Jul 20, 2015 - 7:43PM

    I am little confused as to how they will make out who started firing. Whether entire boarder is covered by video camera and what is the guarantee that it’s not tampered.one more thing as per my information these UN guys are only on Pakistani side, how they will see the situation on other side. I think this drama will go on for some time and will stop only when parties realise that it’s not helping anybody.Recommend

  • pat
    Jul 20, 2015 - 9:54PM

    Indians simply didnt give visa for the UN officials. UN is going to say they cant come to a conclusion until they inspect the other side also, this will go into the large list of compliants by pakistan and problem solved. lolRecommend

  • jsy
    Jul 21, 2015 - 1:12AM

    For all Pakistani. The strong will do what they can, the weak must suffer what it must. Pakistan is weak n surviving on hand outs. From language to religion to water to dollars everything is exported or begged. Pakistan never was or never will b in league of India. Somalia is more like u pakistan so stop complaining n suffer the consequences of fingerings ur dad. India gave birth to pakistan, a son can’t mess with dad. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 21, 2015 - 2:31AM

    if only India would allow UNMOGIP to vost its side of the border then only the situation can become clear but India has never allowed UNMOGIP to visit its side because India fears that doing so will reveal the reality of India’s false accusations to the world. Recommend

  • Liberal
    Jul 21, 2015 - 2:32AM

    First develop the courage to allow the UNMOGIP to visit Indian side of the border. Recommend

  • Jul 21, 2015 - 5:20AM

    Does any one in India cares? Nowadays India retaliates immediately. Sonia does not work in India anymore.Recommend

  • Bahubali
    Jul 21, 2015 - 7:57AM

    @ Liberal Even if India allows UNMOGIP on its side then also its not possible to do forensic analysis and come to a conclusion.They will need time machine to go back and check. However, this definitely makes some headlines so we all know who will want it to make headline.Recommend

  • pat
    Jul 21, 2015 - 8:42AM

    Why should India develop the courage to allow UN to operate inside India? India is a sovereign nation an has no obligation to allow third party after shimla accord. If someone really needs courage its Pakistan . They should have guts to deal with India directly than running to US or UN for complainingRecommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Jul 21, 2015 - 8:50AM

    yes, Somalia, the nuclear power, is like us…you blinked !Recommend

  • Union Jack
    Jul 21, 2015 - 8:52AM

    Get your facts straight. India does not allow UN r any third party because by doing so it will make Kashmir international issue as against bi-lateral issue which was signed as per Simla agreement by both India and Pakistan. Pakistan on its own has been trying hard to re-internationalize the issue and India has so for hold the agreement by allowing no third party mediator or observer. This has been done since 1972 even when India had far less support in UN compare to Pakistan. Basically Simla agreement has made UN resolution on Kashmir as null and void. But your leaders are still misleading you by false speeches and dreams that they will make it an issue. And so much ranting and in the process starting to use terrorism as instrument for gaining Kashmir has only further weaken the Kashmir cause. So basically thank you Pakistani for dropping the Kashmir apple on India’s lap.
    Any sane mind who knows how to read history text books and all events and documents including simla agreement which is available online to read can see how and why UN stopped supporting Pakistan for Kashmir.
    @ET : Everything is factual and verifiable via innumerable publications on India-Pakistan relationship. Please print.Recommend

  • Union Jack
    Jul 21, 2015 - 8:55AM

    @Liberal: And fall in Pakistan’s trap to re-internationlize the issue ? India successfully made it a bilateral issue in 1972 through Simla agreement which your military signed after loosing Bangladesh war to secure the release of 90000 prisoners and avoid further humiliation. You guys need to fix your history knowledge and learn more about the outcome of wars you lost even if they are embarrassing. Recommend

  • Jul 21, 2015 - 11:43AM

    [email protected]: looks like you haven’t heard of 1972 Simla Agreement signed by India and Pakistan after Pakistan lost to India in Bangladesh. Pakistan got its 90,000 defeated soldiers back in return for this accord. Neither UN or any other country can ever get involved in Kashmir issue. YOUR ARE A LOSER COUNTRY.Recommend

  • jay
    Jul 21, 2015 - 2:44PM

    @vicktor d’souza: WHat has Nukes got u ? HMMMMM let me think !!! Did Nukes get u world status? did it save Pakistani from beheadings in KSA?, did he break ur begging habits ? did it stop UAE from treating u like a kid ? Did it stop APS, Meheran, hazara murders , Karachi mess ? If the answer is no, then let me tell u Nukes dont do zilch , honest intentions does.
    With : :FITUR” in intention even the noblest of cause become a choke chain . Recommend

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