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(2017-07-20) The Director General (SA & SAARC) summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner today, and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Nikial and Nezapir Sectors on 19th July 2017, resulting in Shahadat of 2 civilians, one in Nikial Sector and another in Nezapir Sector, and injuries to 5 others. (Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations. In 2017 to date, Indian forces have carried out 594 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary)

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. He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

20 July 2017

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