By Muhammad Luqman
Pakistan’s Foreign Office Wednesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner and registered protest over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Baroh and Tandar Sectors on Tuesday that resulted in the death of two civilians, including a woman in Barho Sector and a man in Tandar Sector, and injuries to 6 others.
The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws, the foreign office said.
The Foreign Office urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate the incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC. He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
According to Foreign Office spokesman, a nine member delegation of Representatives of All Parties Hurriyat Conference called on the Foreign Affairs Adviser, Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday.. The Adviser noted that Jammu and Kashmir remains the core dispute between India and Pakistan, and its resolution is imperative for bringing peace to South Asia. He underscored that the valiant people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are waging a heroic and just struggle against Indian occupation.
The Adviser reaffirmed that people and the Government of Pakistan stand behind Kashmiris in extending political, diplomatic and moral support to their just struggle. Pakistan continues to pursue its principled position on Jammu & Kashmir and extends its steadfast support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle, as Kashmir cause remains close to the hearts of every Pakistani, he added.
Sartaj Aziz underlined that the international community has rejected Indian attempts to equate the indigenous self-determination movement of Kashmiris with terrorism. In this regard, he mentioned the outcome document of the OIC Summit in Istanbul last year, and the Resolution adopted at the CFM, which was held in Abidjan last week. He also noted that Kashmiri Diaspora abroad, and members of the Civil Society in various countries have been holding events to highlight Indian atrocities in IoK.
The Kashmiri delegation briefed the Adviser on the grave human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), and expressed concern over the policy of genocide being pursued by Indian forces, as manifested in the continued bloodshed of defenceless Kashmiris with impunity.
By Muhammad Luqman