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(2017-07-09) The Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. J.P. Singh and condemned further unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Chirikot and Satwal Sectors on 8thJuly 2017, resulting in additional shahadats of another 3 civilians, (two women in Tetri Note village and one women in Chaffar Village) and injuries to 1 other.

The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.

The Director General 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. Categorically rejecting the Indian standard allegations of infiltration across the LoC, DG (SA & SAARC) emphasized that Pakistan has consistently maintained that it was essential that the UNMOGIP should be allowed to play its role as mandated by the UN Security Council resolutions. It is India which on the one hand routinely alleges infiltration attempts and yet paradoxically denies UNMOGIP to perform its duties.

The DG (SA & SAARC) also stated that the Indian attempts to deflect international attention from the worsening situation in the IoK due to its repressive measures, by heating up the LoC, shall fail.

09 July 2017

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