ISLAMABAD: With another Kashmiri woman falling prey to persistent ceasefire violations by Indian soldiers just a day after attacking a UN Military Observation Group vehicle in India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan has taken up the reprehensible UNMOGIP attack with the UN, calling for a clear investigation of the incident.
As the situation along the LoC began to deteriorate, in a letter sent to the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) and the President of the UN Security Council, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN asked them to forcefully condemn the assault on UNMOGIP representatives and to urge India to honour the interpretation of the ceasefire in 2003, while Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the world community that in the event of a ceasefire in 2003
According to a FO statement released here on Sunday, a senior Indian diplomat was also summoned to the Foreign Office to record Pakistan’s strong protest over ceasefire violations by Indian occupying forces along the LoC, resulting in serious injury to an innocent civilian on Saturday. Sagheera, Mohammad Haneef’s 25-year-old daughter, sustained serious injuries as Akhori village faced indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by Indian troops in the Rakhchikri sector of the LoC.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, PM Khan said that India’s intentional firing on the UNMOGIP vehicle amid obvious UN markings and the flying blue UN flag demonstrated India’s utter disdain for all international principles of appropriate state behaviour and reverence for international law and the United Nations.
The rogue activity was firmly criticised by Pakistan, he said. I want to alert the world community again that the Modi government would distract from the internal mess by conducting a false flag operation against Pakistan as India’s internal problems increase, especially economic stagnation, increasing farmer protests and mishandling of COVID 19. I make it abundantly clear to the int community that if India were to be irresponsible enough to execute a false flag operation against Pakistan, a strong Pakistani national resolution would be confronted and an adequate response at all levels of the threat would be issued. Leave no mistake at all.
The PM said that in 2020 alone, along the LoC and Working Boundary, there were 3,000 Indian ceasefire violations by unprovoked firing intentionally targeting civilians, resulting in 276 casualties, of which 68 were children and 92 were women.
Highlighting the massacres and crimes committed by Indian occupation forces against innocent Kashmiris, particularly since August 2019, Pakistan has already drawn the world’s attention to India’s ultimate attempt to turn the demographics of illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir from a Muslim-majority region into a Hindu-majority territory.
In a letter to the UN Secretary-General and the President of the UNSC, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN reported that the deliberate targeting of UN observers and their vehicles seemed to be India’s latest coercive and irresponsible tactic to obstruct the work of UNMOGIP and to encourage another Indian military misadventure against Pakistan.
The letter claimed that Pakistan had reliable intelligence that the government of the RSS-BJP was preparing to stage a ‘false flag’ attack to distract attention from its domestic problems and establish justification for another Pakistani misadventure. The letter made it clear that if that were to happen, Pakistan would exercise its right to self-defence.
The Permanent Representative urged the UN to forcefully condemn the Indian attack on the representatives of UNMOGIP and to call on India to observe the interpretation of the 2003 ceasefire. According to the letter, the UN must respond strongly and urgently to Pakistan’s repeated calls to reinforce UNMOGIP and enhance its capacity to observe and report on ceasefire violations.
Pakistan also reminded the UN that the unlawful and inhuman military blockade and lockdown of communications in the occupied territory had lasted over 500 days, with the ultimate plan of India being able to turn the IIOJK into a Hindu-majority territory from a Muslim-majority region.
According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan has taken up India’s reprehensible assault on UNMOGIP observers and their vehicles along the United Nations Line of Control (LoC) and urged it to conduct a clear inquiry into the incident.
The Foreign Office (FO) denounced the Indian occupation forces’ deplorable targeting of innocent civilians, stressing that such senseless actions were in direct breach of the understanding of the truce in 2003 and were also counter to all existing humanitarian values and professional military behaviour. Consistent Indian efforts to exacerbate the situation along the LoC represented the gross breaches of international law and were a danger to regional peace and stability, the FO statement added.
India should not distract attention from the dire human rights crisis in the IIOJK by raising tensions over the LoC and the WB, it added.