Xinhua/UNB, Dec 11 – Pakistan on Friday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to register a formal protest over “ceasefire violations” that left a civilian injured along the Line of Control (LoC).
The “indiscriminate and unprovoked” firing by the Indian forces in the Hotspring sector of the LoC in Kashmir seriously injured a 55-year-old woman on Wednesday, Pakistan foreign office said.
India has committed 2,940 ceasefire violations this year, resulting in 27 deaths and serious injuries to 247 civilians, it said.
The Indian diplomat was told that such “senseless acts are in clear violation” of the 2003 ceasefire understanding, and are also against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct.”
“The Indian forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) have been continuously targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-calibre mortars and automatic weapons,” Pakistan foreign office said.
Pakistan and India declared a ceasefire along the LoC, the de facto border between both countries, in the disputed Kashmir region and the Working Boundary in 2003.
However, both sides routinely exchange fire and accuse each other of ceasefire violations, reports Xinhua.
Tension has been heightened after India lifted the special status for the Indian-controlled Kashmir in August 2019.
In response, Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations, suspended trade relations, and train service with India.