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SIALKOT/Islamabad - A Pakistani citizen, Muhammad Khan, was injured by the firing of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on border village of Janglora-Sialkot in Working Boundary’s Bajwat Sector on Sunday.

According to the senior officials of the Chenab Rangers, Muhammad Khan was sitting in the courtyard of his house when the bullets fired by the Indian soldiers hit his hand. He was admitted to Sialkot CMH for treatment.

Indian firing continued for about 20 minutes, as the Chenab Rangers retaliated effectively, the CR officials added.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday reiterated his concern on the escalation of cease-fire violence along the Line of Control in Kashmir and deplored the loss of lives.

Talking to Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on telephone, the UN Secretary General emphasized the importance of both sides taking necessary steps to de-escalate the situation and resolve all outstanding issues through negotiations.

Foreign Office Spokesperson while giving the details of the telephonic conversation said they discussed the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the Working Boundary between Pakistan and India.

Earlier, on 11 October, the Adviser had addressed a letter to the Secretary-General on the situation arising from the cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary by the Indian armed forces over the past weeks.

The Adviser briefed the Secretary-General on the frequency and intensity of the unprovoked and indiscriminate firing and shelling by the Indian forces and the resulting civilian casualties, injuries and damage to property.

Sartaj Aziz noted that Pakistan was fully united and determined to thwart any aggression, and had responded to India’s provocations with utmost restraint and responsibility.

He said India should be advised to adopt a mature and reasonable approach, and refrain its armed forces from acting irrationally. 

Reiterating Pakistan’s policy of good neighbourly relations, the Adviser underlined the need for early restoration of peace and tranquility on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.

He said that in the interest of durable peace in the region, there must also be a way forward for resolving outstanding disputes including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir, on which the United Nations itself has permanent responsibility to implement its own resolutions that promised self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Adviser noted that pacific settlement of disputes was a cardinal principle of the UN Charter to which Pakistan was deeply committed. However, progress required cooperation of both sides. Rejecting bilateral dialogue and denying international engagement and legitimacy were unhelpful and counter-productive, he added.

The Adviser emphasized the important role of the United Nations to help address the situation and prevent further escalation. Appreciating the work of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), the Adviser noted that its role should be further strengthened to facilitate more effective monitoring and reporting of cease-fire violations. 

UN’s engagement would add to its credibility in managing crisis situations, the Adviser underlined.

He said that the UN should not be inhibited by non-cooperation of one side.


Online adds: Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir has urged India to refrain from provocations on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.

Talking to newsmen in Sangla Hill on Sunday, Barjees Tahir said relations between the two countries cannot be improved until the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

The minister’s statement came at a time when India has once again resorted to unprovoked firing on Pokhlian sector on Working Boundary in Sialkot on Sunday. According to ISPR, Pakistan Army responded effectively. No loss of life has been reported.