Civil, military officials establish contact with India

Denounce deadly border firing incidents
Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

Acting Foreign Secretary Aitzaz Ahmed on Friday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to the foreign office and denounced the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian troops in Charwa sector, near the Working Boundary.
Six people, including four women were killed and twenty others wounded near Sialkot on Thursday as Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars targeting civilians.
According to the foreign office, in 2017 alone, Indian troops have carried out more than 870 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary, resulting in the death of 38 civilians and injuries to 142.
“The deliberate targeting of civilians is contrary to human dignity and against international human rights laws,” the press release said.
According to the Foreign Office, the acting foreign secretary urged the Indian envoy to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement and investigate the rising number of violations.
“The Indian side should instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire — in letter and spirit.”
He also urged the Indian side to permit the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to play its mandated role, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
Special hotline contact was also established between Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India to discuss the deliberate targeting of Pakistani civilians residing in vicinity of working boundary,” the ISPR said on Friday.
“The violation clearly undermines all existing understandings on the issue,” the ISPR said. According to the ISPR, the army conveyed its “unflinching resolve to ensure security of its population” to the Indian DGMO.
“[The army] shall continue to take all necessary measures to deter any such aggression in future,” the ISPR said. Earlier this month, a five year old girl was killed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir when an Indian soldier opened fire across the LoC.
The orphan was killed when a single bullet fired by an Indian soldier hit her as she stood in the courtyard of her house in Polas village of Abbaspur sector in the southern Poonch district.

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