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FO rejects Indian reports about ‘so-called launchpads’ along LoC

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Sunday categorically rejected Indian media reports about so-called “launchpads” being targeted by India along the Line of Control.

Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Faisal summoned the Indian Chargé d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations on the LoC.

The most ceasefire violation by Indian forces occurred in Jura, Shahkot and Nausehri Sectors on 19th and 20th October in which five innocent civilians were martyred while six others, including women and children, sustained serious injuries.

Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by Indian occupation forces, including use of heavy artillery, five innocent civilians, Muhammad Rafaqat s/o Haji Azam aged 28 years, Haji Azam aged 60 years, Haji Sarfaraz s/o Ghulam Rabbani aged 47 years, residents of Village Nausadda and two non-resident civilian labourers Liaqat and Faisal were martyred while six others, including women and children, sustained serious injuries.

Pakistan categorically rejects Indian media reports about so-called “launchpads” being targeted by India along the LoC, said a statement by the Foreign Office.

Earlier, highlighting the Indian threat to regional peace and security, Pakistan called upon the P5 nations at the United Nations Security Council to ask India to provide information about the so-called alleged “launchpads”.

Foreign Office offered willingness to arrange a visit of the P5 diplomats to those locations to expose Indian falsehood. Heinous Indian targeting of civilians is a typical attempt by India to divert international attention from the humanitarian nightmare in IOK, added the statement.

The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

Foreign Office spokesman urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.

The Indian forces, along the LoC and Working Boundary, have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy calibre mortars, and automatic weapons. This escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from 2017 when Indian forces committed more than 1970 ceasefire violations.

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