Pakistan Foreign Office lodges strong protest with senior Indian diplomat in Islamabad

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Pakistan Foreign Office lodges strong protest with senior Indian diplomat in Islamabad

Islamabad: A senior Indian diplomat was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday to register Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) , resulting in serious injuries to three innocent civilians.

Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces on September 8 in Bedori Sector of the LoC, 57-year-old Muhammad Altaf, 27-year-old Muhammad Aftab and 40-year-old Tahir Iqbal, who alla are residents of Village Banjori, 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 2199 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 17 shahadats and serious injuries to 171 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).