Pakistan lodges strong protest over Indian ceasefire violations

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Pakistan lodges strong protest over Indian ceasefire violations

SLAMABAD-Indian Charge d'Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia was summoned to Foreign Office on Thursday to register Pakistan's strong protest over the ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control.

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said four innocent civilians embraced martyrdom while another was injured in indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces in Bagsar and Nikial Sectors of the LoC yesterday.

She said the Indian occupation forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons. This year, India has committed 1410 ceasefire violations to date, resulting in 12 shahadats and serious injuries to 102 innocent civilians.

Condemning the targeting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces, the Foreign Office underscored that such senseless acts, in clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding and complete disregard for international human rights law and international norms, further vitiate the already tense atmosphere.

The Indian government must realize that its irresponsible policies and unilateral actions are increasingly imperiling peace and security in the region. India must act responsibly in the interest of regional peace and stability.

The Foreign Office called upon the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; investigate this and other such incidents of deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the Working Boundary.