Pakistan summons senior Indian diplomat over 'unprovoked' ceasefire violations

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Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Acting Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to condemn the “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC) which it said killed one civilian.

Mohammad Faisal, who heads the South Asia wing in the Foreign Office, summoned the Indian envoy and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation” by Indian forces in Chirikot sector on Tuesday. 

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“The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights, and humanitarian laws,” the official said.

“The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” said a statement from the Foreign Office.

It said that this year the “the Indian forces carried out more than 1,100 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary, resulting in the death of 29 civilians while injuring 117 others”.

The Director-General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement and investigate the incidents of truce violations, said an official statement.

The statement asked the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. 

The Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions, it said.

The Indian diplomat was also told that New Delhi should permit the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to play its mandated role in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, several political parties and organisations on staged anti-Pakistan protests in different parts of Jammu city after four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and three injured in unprovoked overnight firing from across the border.

Led by their chairperson Harsh Dev Singh, workers of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) demonstrated at the Exhibition Ground here.

Singh stressed that Pakistan needs to be isolated at the international level to ensure that it stops its “nefarious” activities.

He also attacked the BJP-led NDA government, alleging that the Centre had failed to deal with Pakistan effectively.

Pakistan has created terror along the border and the hinterland and the Centre is watching as a mute spectator with its focus only on winning the next year’s parliamentary elections, the JKNPP chairperson said.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment on a 56-inch-chest, made during the 2014 general elections campaign, he reminded the government of its promise of getting the heads of 10 Pakistani soldiers for that of one Indian troop.

Protests were also staged by Jammu West Assembly Movement (JWAM) and Shiv Sena Dogra Front in New Plot and Rani Park areas of the city respectively.

The JWAM workers raised anti-Pakistan slogans and carried placards reading “Crush Pakistan, Crush Terrorism”.

The Shiv Sena Dogra Front workers called for stern action against Pakistan for the ceasefire violation.

Pakistan Rangers initiated firing along the International Border (IB) in Chamliyal post area of Ramgarh sector at 10:30 pm on Tuesday and it continued till 4:30 am, officials said.

This is the second major ceasefire violation along the IB this month and came despite the representatives of the border guarding forces of the two nations meeting twice within a week to reinforce the 2003 ceasefire pact, they said.


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