Pakistan protests over Indian firing along LoC targeting civilian population

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Another innocent civilian suffered serious injuries when the Indian forces opened indiscriminate and unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Karela Sector on Thursday.

The 28-year-old injured person named Madeeha Hafeez was a resident of Batla Mathrani village.

Meanwhile, a senior Indian diplomat was summoned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Friday to register Pakistan’s strong protest over the ceasefire violations by the Indian forces in the Karela Sector.

The Indian forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars, and automatic weapons.

In 2020, India has so far committed 1,487 ceasefire violations resulting in 13 shahadat (martyrdom) and serious injuries to 106 innocent civilians.LoC - Another innocent civilian suffered serious injuries when the Indian forces opened indiscriminate and unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Karela Sector on Thursday. The 28-year-old injured person named Madeeha Hafeez was a resident of Batla Mathrani village. Meanwhile, a senior Indian diplomat was summoned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Friday to register Pakistan’s strong protest over the ceasefire violations by the Indian forces in the Karela Sector. The Indian forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons. In 2020, India has so far committed 1,487 ceasefire violations resulting in 13 shahadats (martyrdom) and serious injuries to 106 innocent civilians.  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 Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).  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.

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 Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).

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.