February 2017 News

Ceasefire Violations Threat To Regional Stability: Pak Army

8 February 2017
Kashmir Observer


Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on Wednesday termed 'continued ceasefire violations from the Indian side' as potential threat to the regional stability. The stance came a day after a civilian died from his injuries caused by 'unprovoked indiscriminate Indian firing' in the Khoiratta sector of the Line of Control (LoC). Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa chaired a Corps Commanders conference at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi that viewed the 'continued unprovoked' ceasefire violations by India along the LoC and International Border as 'potential threat to regional stability', a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. 'Cross-LoC' Firing Kills Labourer, Envoy Summoned: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner here to protest Indian security forces 'unprovoked ceasefire violation' along the Line of Control (LoC). 'The Director General (SA & SAARC), Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation, on February 7, 2017, by the Indian forces on the LoC (in Khui Ratta Sector),' a Foreign Office statement said. The 'unprovoked' firing from the Indian side resulted in death of a 25-year-old Pakistani labourer working on an under construction building, it added. 'The director general deplored the deliberate targeting of civilians, which is a crime as well as violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws,' the communiqué read. The Foreign Office urged New Delhi to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding besides initiating a probe into the recent incidents of ceasefire violation by the Indian forces, the statement said. According to the Pakistan Army, Indian forces committed at least 178 ceasefire violations along the LoC and International Border last year, k Foreign Envoys Briefed on 'Rights Violations' In Kashmir: Pakistan on Wednesday said it has briefed the envoys of foreign missions on alleged 'human rights violations' in Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Office Spokesperson, Nafees Zakaria, said in a statement that Additional Secretary (UN & EC) Tasnim Aslam briefed ambassadors of foreign missions in the Foreign Office here. The briefing focused on the 'continuously aggravating human rights situation' in Jammu and Kashmir in the backdrop of 'Kashmir Solidarity Day', which was observed in Pakistan on February 5, the statement said. Zakaria said the Additional Secretary highlighted that the 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' is observed every year on February 5 to express Pakistan's 'unwavering diplomatic, moral and political support' to the Kashmiris in their 'legitimate struggle for the realisation of the right to self- determination in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions'. Aslam stressed that the Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest items on the agenda of the UN Security Council. 'The Additional Secretary urged the international community to take up with India its gross human rights violations perpetrated at all levels to ensure the misery and suffering of the innocent people' of Kashmir is alleviated and to play its role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC resolutions, the spokesperson said. It was the second briefing after a similar one was held for the envoys of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries this week.illing 19 civilians and injuring 80 others.

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