FO summons Indian diplomat again to protest ceasefire violations


ISLAMABAD: Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned yet again by Pakistan’s Foreign Office Thursday to protest the continued Indian firing on the civilian population residing along the Line of Control (LoC).

The recent violation claimed the life of elderly civilian and injured a woman when Indian forces opened unprovoked fire in Jandrot and Chirikot sector. South Asia director general handed the Indian diplomat a letter of protest and condemned the targetting of residential areas by Indian forces.

“Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations,” said the FO.  The letter added that Indian forces have martyred 19 civilians and injured 69 others during 2018 in continuous ceasefire violations.

“The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights, and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to the regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” it added.

The Indian side was also asked to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement.