Pakistan summons India's deputy high commissioner JP Singh over alleged ceasefire violations

WION Web Team
Islamabad, PakistanUpdated: Aug 03, 2018, 01:21 PM IST
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Faisal said India was "deliberately targeting civilians"

Pakistan on Thursday night summoned India's deputy high commissioner J P Singh over alleged ceasefire violations by the Indian Army along the Line of Control(LoC).

Director General Mohammad Faisal summoned Singh said: "The Indian forces along the Line of Control and the Working boundary are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons."

"In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out over 1,400 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary, resulting in the killing of 30 civilians," he said, adding,"this unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations."

Meanwhile, an encounter started at Baharmpora village of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir(J&K). Reports said two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped inside a house in the area. The security forces have been engaged in a firefight with the terrorists, reports said. 

Faisal said India was "deliberately targeting civilians" which was "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, he said.

The Director-General urged India to "respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement" and investigate incidents of ceasefire violations. The DG also instructed the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in "letter and spirit" and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.

Faisal further urged India to permit the UN Monitoring Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.