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Ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace:FO

Nafees Zakaria

ISLAMABAD:(APS)November 11, 2016-Pakistan has expressed grave concern over continuous unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation Forces on the LoC and the Working Boundary, especially in the past two months.

In a briefing to heads of mission of Permanent Members of the UN Security Council today, the Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said that 26 civilians have been martyred and 107 injured including women and children in last months.

He said that these acts are complete disregard of 2003 Ceasefire Understanding and of International Law.

He said that increased frequency and duration of indiscriminate shelling from Indian side deliberately targeting villages and civilian populated areas on line of control.

The Foreign Secretary deplored the use of artillery in Shahkot and Jura sectors on the LoC this Tuesday.

He said Pakistan has been compelled to respond but with maximum restraint. The Armed Forces of Pakistan gave a befitting response. He expressed apprehension that Indian actions, which constituted a threat for the maintenance of peace and security, may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

Emphasizing the important role of the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan, which has the mandate for maintaining peace and tranquillity at the LoC and the Working Boundary, the Foreign Secretary noted that Pakistan is fully cooperating and providing  access to Group. However, India is not cooperative and limits their access.

The Heads of Missions assured that they would convey Pakistan’s concern to their respective capitals. They underscored the need for restraint, observance of ceasefire and dialogue to resolve issues.

 

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