Indian ceasefire violations a serious threat to peace, says Aizaz Ch
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that Indian ceasefire violations are a serious threat to peace.
Briefing the heads of missions of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russian Federation, UK and USA) on Friday, he said that 26 civilians have been martyred and 107 injured, including women and children, during last months.
The foreign secretary deplored the use of artillery in Shahkot and Jura sectors on the LoC on November 9, 2016.
He stated that the use of such heavy weaponry was resorted to by the Indian side after a gap of 13 years. “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.
While emphasizing the important role of the United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOGIP) which has the mandate for maintaining peace and tranquility at the LoC and the Working Boundary, the foreign secretary noted that Pakistan is fully cooperating and providing unfettered access to UNMOGIP. “However, India is not cooperative and limits their access.”
During the briefing, the representative of the Military Operations Directorate made a detailed presentation on the existing situation at the LoC and the Working Boundary.
In response, 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.