FO summons Indian diplomat to protest killing of civilian along LoC | Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Ministry summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner John Singh on Friday to protest the murder of a man by the Line of Control in an unprovoked shelling by Indian forces the day before.

In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the civilian, Zafar Iqbal, was killed when his wife and child were injured when Indian troops fired at Bhimber on 1 March.

India continues to be spoken of in a statement referring to violations of the ceasefire, despite calls for restraint.

In 2018, Indian troops carried out more than 415 violations of the ceasefire along the LC and the Worker's Border, which led to the martyrdom of 20 innocent civilians and injuries to 71 others, it says. This unprecedented escalation of ceasefire violations by India continued from 2017, when Indian troops committed 1,970 ceasefire violations.

"The deliberate infliction of human settlements on the population is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian law," the statement said. "Violations of the ceasefire by India are a threat to regional peace and security and can lead to a strategic miscalculation."

Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement, to investigate this and other incidents of cease-fire violations, to instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in writing and spirit and to maintain peace on the LO and the working border. He urged the Indian side to allow the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to fulfill its mandate role in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

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