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A senior Indian diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by the Indian Occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on 22nd November 2020, resulting in serious injuries to 11 innocent civilians.

Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces in Khuiratta Sector of the LoC, 55 year old Muhammad Haneef s/o Muhammad Hussain, 5 year old Shangur d/o Muhammad Irfan, 5 year old Summan d/o Muhammad Ajaib, 20 year old Aruj d/o Muhammad Adnan, 35 year old Zabina w/o Muhammad Ajaib, 65 year old Sarwar Jan w/o Muhammad Hussain, 35 year old SajidaKausar w/o Muhammad Irfan, 10 year old Eraj d/o Sadiq, 50 year old Khursheed Begum w/o Sub Mehmood Shaheed, 7 year old Hurrain Irfan d/o Muhammad Irfan and 9 year old Mubeen s/o Abdul Hameed, residents of JijotBahadar village, sustained serious injuries.

The Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons. This year, India has committed more than 2820 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 26 shahadats and serious injuries to 245 innocent civilians.

Condemning the deplorable targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces, it was underscored that such senseless acts are in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, and are also against all established 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. It was added that by raising tensions along the LoC and the WB, India cannot divert attention from the grave human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).

The Indian side was called upon to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding, investigate this and other such incidents of deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the WB. The Indian side was also urged to allow the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.


23 November 2020

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