ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Four innocent civilians including three women suffered serious injuries when the Indian troops opened indiscriminate and unprovoked firing in Hotspring and Jandrot Sectors of the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday.
The following civilians injured in the Indian firing;
- 30-year-old Zubina Bukhari w/o Faizan Shah, resident of Tahi Mohra village
- 17-year-old Rida Tahir d/o Bahsarat Shah, resident of Tahi Mohra village,
- 16-year-old Ameen Ali s/o Basharat Shah, resident of Tahi Mohra village,
- 42-years-old Saleema Begum w/o Muhammad Yaqoob, resident of Batali village
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.
In 2021, the Indian occupation forces have carried out 175 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in serious injuries to eight innocent civilians.
Meanwhile, a senior Indian diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by the Indian forces.
Condemning the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces, it was 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.
It was added that by raising tensions along the LoC and the Working Boundary, India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).
The 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.
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.