Pakistan lodges strong protests over Indian ceasefire violations

Pakistan on Saturday, summoned senior Indian diplomat to lodge strong protest over Indian ceasefire violations along the line of control (LOC).

According to the statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs a senior Indian diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today to register Pakistan’s strong protest over the ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Dhudhnial Secto along the Line of Control (LoC) on 14th August 2020, resulting in serious injuries to one innocent civilian.

Unprovoked and indiscriminate cross-border shelling by Indian forces on Friday resulted in a three-year old child named Zulekha being severely wounded.

“The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons. This year, India has committed more than 1980 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 16 shahadats and serious injuries to 161 innocent civilians,” said the ministry.

The Foreign Office further highlighted that India has been continuously violating the 2009 Ceasefire Understanding by initiating unprovoked and indiscriminate cross-border shelling which are a blatant violation of established humanitarian norms and international laws and are against professional military conduct.

“These egregious violations of international law reflect consistent Indian attempts to escalate the situation along the LoC and are a threat to regional peace and security. It was added that by raising tensions along the LoC and the WB, India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK),” the statement added.

India has been urged upon to abide by the 2003 Ceasefire agreement and allow United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.