Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to strongly protest over India’s recent ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LOC) that seriously injured innocent civilians.

According to an FO statement, due to indiscriminate firing by the Indian troops in the Hotspring sector, 27-year-old Naema Akhtar, 24-year-old Zaeen Akhtar and 16-year-old Arbaz Ali — residents of Sehra Village — sustained injuries.

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

This year, the Indian side has committed 2,245 ceasefire violations, in which 18 people have died and at least 180 civilians have been injured, the statement added.

The FO emphasized that such “senseless acts” were a violation of the 2003 ceasefire understanding as well as “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,” the press release read. It further stated that the violations “cannot divert attention from the grave human situation” in Indian occupied Kashmir.

The FO called upon the Indian side to investigate the recent, as well as previous, incidents of ceasefire violations. It also stressed that the Indian forces must maintain peace along the LoC and Working Boundary.

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