ISLAMABAD: India has committed 221 ceasefire violations so far this year, out of which 184 have been across the Line of Control (LoC) and 38 across the Working Boundary.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Indian firing and shelling resulted in 26 deaths and injured 107 others. It added that the latest firing killed four Pakistani civilians and injured seven others.

The ministry urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire understanding, investigate the continued incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit, stop targeting the villages and civilians and maintain peace along the LoC.

There has been escalation along the LoC, the de facto border, between the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region, since suspected militants killed 19 soldiers at an Indian army camp in the Indian-controlled Kashmir in September.

Both the nuclear-armed neighbours accuse each other of the 2003 ceasefire violations.

The Pakistani military said on Tuesday that the country lodged protest with UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan over killing of innocent civilians due to Indian unprovoked firing.

Earlier, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria described Indian brutal atrocities in held Kashmir as genocide and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiris to oppress their ongoing indigenous freedom struggle.

In an interview with Radio Pakistan, he said thousands of people in held territory have been subjected to severe torture and over hundred Kashmiris have been killed during the last four months.

Zakaria said Kashmir dispute should be resolved as per United Nations Security Council's Resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people.