Pakistan lodges strong protest with India over unprovoked firing in Sialkot Sector

Islamabad, January 18, 2018 (PPI-OT):Foreign Office summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh in Islamabad on Thursday to condemn the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Working Boundary in Sialkot Sector. The Indian forces along the Working Boundary are resorting to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing with heavy mortars and automatic weapons since last night on the civilian populated villages in Sialkot. The firing resulted in martyrdom of two innocent civilian ladies and injuries to five others, including three females.

The Foreign Office said that despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing since 2017 when they committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations. India was told that deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

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

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