Pak asks India to respect ceasefire along LOC


Protests over killing of civilian

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Pakistan on Thursday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and lodged strong protest with him over his country’s ceasefire violations along the LOC which a day earlier claimed the life of a civilian. Indian forces violated the ceasefire along the LoC twice on Wednesday, resulting in the death of one civilian Abdul Rehman, 28, and injuries to 12 others, including women and children, the FO said. The Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned by the FO’s director general (South Asia and Saarc), and “a strong protest was lodged against the unprovoked ceasefire violations on 19-20 Oct, 2016, by the Indian occupation forces at the LoC in Karela sector,” the FO said. “It was conveyed that the Indian side must investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan. India must instruct its troops to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit, refrain from intentionally targeting the villages, and maintain peace and stability on the LoC,” the FO said. Pakistan also handed a demarche over to representatives of the United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) protesting against the Indian Army’s targeting of Pakistani civilians across the LoC.
General Headquarters lodged a protest with UNMOGIP representatives against the use of heavy mortal shells by the Indian Army that resulted in the death of a civilian at the LoC, FO Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said.
Pakistan demanded the UNMOGIP to immediately investigate the matter, Zakaria said.
Zakaria, during a weekly press briefing on Thursday, claimed that India had violated the ceasefire agreement more than 90 times in 2016 alone.
He said the notion that India is isolating Pakistan internationally is “ridiculous”.
The spokesperson said it was deplorable that India was using for a such as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) for its political ambitions. India last month pulled out of a Saarc summit that was due to be held in Islamabad in Nov, and other members of the body followed suit.
He said the SAARC summit has been postponed eight times in the past, and India was responsible for the postponement five times.
Zakaria said Pakistan is closely monitoring the developments concerning the Indus Waters Treaty, and no violation of the accord by India will be unacceptable.

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