Pakistan lodges protest with India over ceasefire violations

Pakistan on Tuesday lodged a protest with the India over ceasefire violations along the Working Boundary and the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian border forces.

Foreign Office’s Dr. Mohammad Faisal summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh on Tuesday and strongly condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations on October 31, 2016.

Firing by Indian border forces Monday along the LoC in Nakyal and Jandrot sectors killed six civilians, including a woman and injuring eight others, including two women.

FO urged India to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding and to investigate the continued incidents of ceasefire violations.

Pakistan also urged Indian authorities to instruct the Indian border forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit, and to stop targeting the civilians and villages on the Working Boundary and the LoC.

However, Indian authorities on Tuesday also claimed seven civilians including two children and two women had been killed after Pakistani mortar shells hit two areas in the disputed Kashmir region.

UN military observers visit LoC

Indian forces have committed 178 ceasefire violation at the LoC and the Working Boundary this year, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

As a result of the violations, 19 civilians have been killed and 80 have been injured

A group of United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) visited the LoC near Kotli today and obtained information regarding ceasefire violations by India, added the statement.

Of the 19 dead, eight were killed on the Working Boundary and 51 were injured, the rest of the civilian casualties were sustained along the LoC.

Tense relations

The latest episodes of cross-border firing comes as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue.

The Indian prime minister stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack last month.

Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’. India also accused Pakistan of involvement in the attack.

The Uri attack occurred days before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was set to address the United Nations General Assembly regarding Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.

Following the attack, India claimed to have conducted a cross-border ‘surgical strike’ against ‘launch pads of terror’ in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — a claim Pakistan has strongly rejected.

Pakistan maintains that India is attempting to divert the world’s attention away from ‘atrocities’ committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have locked horns over the Kashmir issue since Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by government forces in July.

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