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(2018-04-07) Office of the Spokesperson

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Ceasefire violations by India on 7th April 2018

The Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner Mr. J.P. Singh today and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control on 7th April 2018 in Nikial Sector, resulting in the shahadat of an innocent civilian lady (30 years old Rudeba kauser d/o M Khaim r/o Sudhan colony) while injuring her three sisters (6 years old Hubeda Kausar, 26 years old Sufeda Kausar, and 28 years old Sumeda Kausar). The Indian forces along the Line of Control and the Working boundary are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons. In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 900 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, resulting in the shahadats of 21 innocent civilians, while injuring 90 others. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations).

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.

The Director General (SA & SAARC) urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

Islamabad

07 April 2018