ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: A total of 17 innocent civilians have embraced martyrdom while another 171 have received injuries as a result of Indian firing at the Line of Control (LoC) in 2020.
As per the Foreign Office, the Indian forces have committed 2,199 ceasefire violations to date in 2020 along the LoC.
The latest incident of ceasefire violation by the Indian forces took place in Bedori Sector of the LoC on September 8 night, again resulting in serious injuries to three innocent civilians from Banjori Village.
The injured villagers included 57-year-old Muhammad Altaf, 27-year-old Muhammad Aftab, and 40-year-old Tahir Iqbal.
In order to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the LoC on September 8, a senior Indian diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Thursday.
Condemning the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian 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.