Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over ceasefire violations

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ISLAMABAD, July 18 (DNA): The Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday summoned a
senior Indian diplomat to register Pakistan’s strong protest over the
ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of
Control (LoC) on 17th of July, resulting in serious injuries to two
innocent women.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said that due to indiscriminate and
unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces in Rakhchikri and
Baroh sectors of the LoC, 35 year old Shakeela Bibi w/o Khursheed and 40
year old Nazia Bibi w/o Mazhar Iqbal sustained serious injuries.

FO spokesperson said that the Indian 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 1697 ceasefire violations to
date, resulting in 14 shahadats and serious injuries to 133 innocent
civilians, she added.

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.

“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,” the Foreign Office spokesperson said.

“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 Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K),” the statement 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 boundry. The
Indian side was also urged to allow the United Nations Military Observer
Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per
the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. DNA

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