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Pakistan summons Indian diplomat, lodges protest over ceasefire violations

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat, lodges protest over ceasefire violations
February 26, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan summoned a senior Indian diplomat on Wednesday and lodged strong protest at the ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Nezapir Sector along the Line of Control (LoC). Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that a 40 year old innocent civilian resident of village Mandhar, sustained serious injuries due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by Indian occupation forces. She also said the Indian occupation forces along the LoC and Working Boundary have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars, and automatic weapons, which still continues. Aisha Farooqui said this unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations. This year India has committed 384 ceasefire violations to date. The FO spokesperson said 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 regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation. Earlier, a soldier was martyred in Indian unprovoked ceasefire violation in Kayani Sector, Leepa Valley along the LoC. According to a press release issued by the ISPR, the Indian fire was responded effectively by Pakistan Army troops targeting Indian Army posts. During exchange of fire, Sepoy Imtiaz Ali, age 30 years, a resident of Pabbi Villahe, Nowshera valiantly defending the motherland embraced martyrdom. On February 10, at least 10 innocent civilian including two women and two children sustained serious injuries during the Indian unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC). According to the press release of Inter-Service Public Relation (ISPR), Indian troops resorted to unprovoked fire of mortars and heavy weapons in Jandrot and Nikial Sectors along the LOC deliberately targeting civilian population in Jabbar, Sandhara, Sumbal Gali and Dabsi villages of Kotli district during last 24 hours. At least 10 civilians including two children and two women injured. The injured have been evacuated to nearby medical facility for necessary care. Pakistan Army troops responded effectively to Indian unprovoked cease fire violations. One Indian soldier killed, three got injured, including a major, while substantial damage inflicted on Indian posts which initiated fire.