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According to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a senior Indian diplomat was called Friday to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) in Hotspring and Jandrot Sectors, resulting in serious injury to three innocent civilians.
15-year-old Irum Riaz, 26-year-old Nusrat Kausar and 16-year-old Mukheel-residents of Andrala Nar Village-suffered severe injuries due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by Indian occupying forces, the statement stated.
“The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons. In 2020, India has so far committed 2280 ceasefire violations, resulting in 18 martyrdom and 183 serious injuries” it added.
Condemning the Indian forces’ deplorable targeting of innocent civilians, it was emphasized that such senseless acts are in clear disregard of the 2003 understanding of the ceasefire, and are therefore contradictory to all existing humanitarian principles 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 communique read.
Moreover, the statement said India cannot divert attention from the grave infringement of human rights in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), by raising tensions along the LoC and WB.
India was called upon to uphold the understanding of the 2003 ceasefire, to investigate this instance of deliberate violation of the ceasefire and to preserve peace along the LoC and WB.
It also urged the Indian side to permit the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its authorised role in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).