Pak summons India’s DHC over ‘ceasefire violations’

Islamabad: Pakistan today summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner for the third time this month over the alleged “ceasefire violations” by Indian troops along the Line of Control, claiming that two children were killed in the firing.

The Foreign Office, in a statement, alleged that Indian forces resorted to firing in Kotli/Nokial sector yesterday which killed two children.

The Foreign Ministry said that it summoned the Indian envoy to protest the “unprovoked” violation of a 2003 cease- fire by the Indian forces.

“Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations, it said.

“The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws, it said.

It said that the “ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation”.

It said that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

India maintains that the UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control.

Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh was earlier summoned on October 2 and October 4 over the alleged “ceasefire violations“.