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Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 16:31
Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over ceasefire violations
By Xinhua
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 16:31 By Xinhua

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia on Wednesday and lodged a formal protest over the recent ceasefire violations, resulting in the killing of two civilians and injuring four others along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region, according to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. 

Deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws

Pakistani Foreign Ministry statement

Director-General at the South Asian Desk of the Foreign Ministry Mohammad Faisal condemned the "unprovoked ceasefire violations" in different sectors, the ministry said. 

Giving details of the firing incidents, a statement from the ministry said that 12-year-old boy Mohammad Riaz was killed while 18-year-old Zabeeullah seriously injured in Bagsar sector along the the LoC on Monday.

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"The Indian forces along the Line of Control and the working boundary are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1,970 ceasefire violations," the statement said. 

Pakistan and India had declared ceasefire along the LoC and the working boundary in 2003. 

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

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The director-general urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate these 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 the working boundary. 

He also urged that the Indian side should permit a UN military observer group in the region to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions. 

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