ISLAMABAD -  Two civilians were martyred and five others received serious injuries in Indian troops’ unprovoked firing across Line of Control in Azad Kashmir on Friday.

According to the local police, Rasheeda Begum, 55, resident of Truthi village and Muhammad Haneef, resident of Nezapir, were killed in Poonch district’s Rawalakot town in intense shelling by Indian forces without any provocation.

Five other people, including two women, were also injured in the Indian firing .

This prompted Pakistan to again summon a senior Indian diplomat to Foreign Office to protest against the ceasefire violations by the India forces.

Director-General South Asia Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Chirikot and Nezapir sectors on November 17th, resulting in the death of two civilians and injuries to five others, including two women, said a foreign ministry statement. Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations.

In 2017 to date, Indian forces have carried out more than 1,300 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary, resulting in the death of 52 innocent civilians and injuries to 170 others, as compared to 382 ceasefire violations in 2016, it said.

The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and 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 statement said.

The director-general urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this 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.

He said the Indian side should permit the UN observers to play the mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Pakistan dispatched a C-130 plane carrying relief assistance for the affectees of the deadly earthquake that struck Iran on November 12, and wreaked havoc particularly in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah.

The relief assistance consists of the items identified by the Iranian side in accordance with the relief requirements in the earthquake-affected area.

The consignment will reach Tehran where it will be handed over to Iranian authorities, said a foreign ministry statement.

“The people and government of Pakistan are deeply grieved at the immense loss of lives and destruction caused to our Iranian brothers in the earthquake that jolted the bordering regions of Iran and Iraq. The president and the prime minister, sent messages of solidarity with the Iranian people and offered all possible support by Pakistan in this hour of need,” the statement said.

It added: “The two brotherly countries have a tradition of helping each other during the natural calamities. The people of Pakistan appreciate and remember Iran’s help to Pakistan in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2005 and floods in 2010.”



Our Staff Reporter/Agencies