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Pakistan summons Indian envoy to protest 'unprovoked ceasefire violations' across LoC, say firing killed one civilian

Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India's Deputy high commissioner to protest the "unprovoked ceasefire violations" across the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian forces that resulted in the death of a Pakistani villager.

 Pakistan summons Indian envoy to protest unprovoked ceasefire violations across LoC, say firing killed one civilian

File image of a Pakistan Army soldier. Reuters

Director General Mohammad Faisal, who is also the foreign ministry spokesman, summoned the Indian diplomat and "condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the LoC on 4 September," the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. The firing in the Kotkotera sector along the LoC resulted in the death of the civilian on Tuesday, it said.

The FO alleged that the Indian forces have carried out more than 2,000 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary, resulting in the death of 32 innocent civilians, while injuring 122 others.

"This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations," it alleged. "The deliberate targeting of civilian population areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and International Human Rights and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation," the statement said.

Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; respect the ceasefire and maintain peace on the LoC. He also urged the Indian side to allow the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

India maintains that UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the LoC.

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Updated Date: Sep 05, 2018 17:25:50 IST