Pakistan today summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh over alleged “ceasefire violations” by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) which resulted in the killing of two civilians. Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned Singh and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations” by the Indian forces, the Foreign Office said. The firing in Phulian sector yesterday killed two persons including a woman and injured three others, it claimed.
The Foreign Office said that despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations. “The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” it said. It said Dr Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, and instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace along the LoC and the Working Boundary.
He also urged the Indian side to allow the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions. India maintains that UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control. The Foreign Office also accused India of committing more than 700 ceasefire violations this year which resulted in the killing of 32 Pakistani civilians.