Pakistan summons Indian deputy high commissioner over cease-fire violations

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Wed, 2018-06-13 15:34

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner J.P. Singh over cease-fire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) in which a civilian was killed.

The acting director general South Asia at the Foreign Ministry condemned the “unprovoked cease-fire violation by the Indian forces along the Line of Control on June 12 in Chirikot Sector, resulting in the killing of one innocent civilian (Mr Shakeel) in Trothi village,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Despite calls for restraint, the Indian forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary have continuously targeted civilian populated areas, the statement added.
“In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 1,100 cease-fire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, resulting in the shahadat (killing) of 29 innocent civilians, while injuring 117 others,” the statement added.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that the “deliberate targeting” of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws.
“The cease-fire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” the statement said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 cease-fire arrangement, investigate the incidents of cease-fire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the cease-fire in letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.
He urged India to permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

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