Pakistan lodges strong protest over Indian ceasefire violations


Islamabad, July 01, 2020 (TNS): Indian Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday to register strong protest over the ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control.

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said one innocent civilian was martyred and five others injured in Indian occupation forces’ indiscriminate and unprovoked firing in Kayani and Jura sectors of the Line of Control during the last two days.

She said the Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons.

This year, India has committed 1546 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 14 shahadats and serious injuries to 114 innocent civilians.

Condemning the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces, the Spokesperson underscored that such senseless acts are in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, and are also against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct.

She said 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.

She said Indian side was called upon to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; investigate this and other such incidents of deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the Working Boundary.