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Pak Army shall take all measures to protect innocent civilians along LoC: ISPR

31 July, 2019

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Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday condemned a recent ceasefire violation by Indian troops which resulted in the deaths of two civilians in different villages in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), saying that the increased frequency of attacks from across the Line of Control (LoC) "indicates their [the Indian government's] frustration due to failure in IOJ&K [Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir]".

In a tweet posted on ISPR's official Twitter account, director general of the army's media wing Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said ceasefire violations by the Indian forces "are being and shall always be effectively responded".

"Pak Army shall take all measures to protect innocent civilians along LoC from Indian firing deliberately targeting them," he said.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal also summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the "unprovoked" ceasefire violations, a press statement released today said.

The spokesperson urged the Indian side to respect the ceasefire agreement and termed the targeting of the civilian population as "deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws".

"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 press release read.

The Indian government must respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary, the statement further said.

Tuesday's attacks — that were described by officials as "carpet bombing" of several civilian populated areas in AJK — were the second time the Indian forces had violated the ceasefire agreement of 2003 in two days. Two civilians were killed and at least 19 were injured from Indian shelling in Danna, Dhudhniyal, Jura, Lipa, Sharda and Shahkot.

The armed forces had responded "befittingly", a statement by the media wing had said, adding that there were "reports of three Indian soldiers dead, many injured, besides damage to Indian posts".

On Monday, one woman was killed while at least seven were injured from "unprovoked" attacks by the Indian troops in different civilian populated villages near the LoC.

Yesterday's indiscriminate shelling has pushed the civilian death toll in the current year to 24, including 14 men and 10 women, while another 133 civilians, including 78 males and 55 females, have sustained injuries.
Casualties from ceasefire violations in 2019

Saeed Qureshi, a senior director at State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), had said after Monday's incident that the civilian death toll in the current year has increased to 22, including 13 men and nine women.

Of them, he said, nine have been killed in the Kotli district, six in Haveli district, three in Bhimber district, two in Jhelum Valley district and one each in Neelum Valley and Poonch districts.

About 11 army personnel have also been martyred along the LoC in the ongoing year, Qureshi added.

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