Pak summons senior Indian diplomat over 'ceasefire violations'

Sajjad Hussain

Islamabad, May 8 (PTI) Pakistan on Friday summoned a senior diplomat from the High Commission of India and registered its protest over the alleged ceasefire violations by the Indian security forces along the Line of Control.

The Foreign Office (FO) said that six civilians sustained serious injuries in the firing in Nezapir and Rakhchikri sectors on Thursday.

It alleged that the Indian security forces “along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) have continuously been targeting civilian areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars and automatic weapons”.

The further alleged that 'India has committed 989 ceasefire violations' so far this year.

The Indian side was asked to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; investigate this and other such incidents of ceasefire violations and maintain peace along the LoC and the WB, the FO said.

It also urged India to allow the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

India maintains that the UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the LoC. PTI SH CPS