FO says 40 civilians dead in cross-border India firing this year

ISLAMABAD: Data released by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs show that 40 innocent civilians have lost their lives in Pakistan this year as a result of unprovoked ceasefire violations by India.

“In 2017 to date, Indian forces have carried out more than 873 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, resulting in the Shahadats of 40 innocent civilians and injuries to 148, as compared to 382 ceasefire violations in 2016, the foreign office said, in a statement.

“The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” it said.

The Acting Director General (SA & SAARC) urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and Working Boundary.

He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, Foreign Office ummoned Indian envoy and lodged a strong protest over cross-border firing by Indian border forces, targeting civilian population.

“The Acting Director General (SA & SAARC) summoned the Acting Indian Deputy High Commissioner, and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Kotli/Nikial Sector,” a statement by the Foreign Office said.

The ceasefire violation resulted in the death of a 22 years old boy, Mohammad Razik, resident of village Balakot, and injuries to four others, including three females.

“Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations,” it said.