Pak warns Indian envoy of ‘strategic miscalculation’

Pak warns Indian envoy of ‘strategic miscalculation’
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Sajjad Hussain

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday summoned Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria over “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC). The Foreign Office (FO) here said in a statement that the acting foreign secretary summoned the Indian envoy and “condemned” the firing incidents on Friday in Pukhlian, Cahprar, Harpal, Charwah and Shakargarh sectors.
Pakistan informed the Indian envoy that the “unprovoked ceasefire violations had killed four members of a family” in village Khanoor while 10 other people were injured.
The FO claimed that the firing by the Indian side was still going on.
This was the third day of shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the international border (IB) in Jammu.
Pakistan said the Indian envoy was informed that 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,” the FO said.
Pakistan also said that Indian forces along the LoC and the IB are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons.
It alleged that in 2018, Indian forces carried out more than 1,050 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the IB, resulting in the deaths of 28 civilians, while injuring 117 others.
Pakistan urged India to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC and the international border.
It also urged India to permit the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per UN Security Council resolutions.
India maintains that the UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Shimla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control.