ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to register a protest against ceasefire violations by Indian border forces in the Kotkotera Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) that led to the death of a Pakistani civilian.
Director General (SA & SAARC) Dr Muhammad Faisal summoned the Indian diplomat and condemned the incident of Sept 4, that resulted in the martyrdom of a civilian Abdur Rauf who was grazing his animals.
“The Indian forces have carried out more than 2,000 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, resulting in the martyrdom of 32 civilians, while injuring 122 others,” a statement released by the Foreign Office said.
“This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations,” the statement further added.
The FO termed the deliberate targeting of civilian population areas as “deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws”.
Dr Faisal said the ceasefire violations by India were a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation, while urging India to investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations and instruct Indian forces to respect the ceasefire arrangement in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC.
He urged that the Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.