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The Government of Pakistan expresses its deep concern at the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian Security forces at the LoC and the offensive posture adopted during the last few days.

Today, at 1335 hrs, Indian troops violated the ceasefire, by opening fire on a front of 11 kilometres at Rawalakot (Nezapir) – Poonch sector at LoC, which continued intermittently until 1745hrs. They used small arms, rockets, mortars and heavy machine gun fire.

It is deeply regretted that once again the ceasefire violations by the Indian troops are being committed during the Eid holidays, as was done by them last year, when many innocent civilians were martyred. This time four civilians lost their lives on 15 and 16 July when people were busy preparing for the most happy and sacred occasion of Eid ul Fitr.

The Government of Pakistan expresses its profound condolences over the loss of precious lives. Our heart goes out to the bereaved families, who lost their beloved ones.

Pakistan lodges protest at the provocative act, which is against the spirit of the understanding reached at the Ufa meeting, and hopes that the Indian Government would observe the understanding reached between the two sides during 2003 to maintain peace and tranquility at the LoC and Working Boundary in the letter and spirit.

18 July 2015

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